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Do you experience pain from your lower back to your buttock and to the back of your thigh and calf? Does your leg or foot feel numb? If you have these symptoms, then you may be having sciatica.

The sciatic nerve is the largest individual nerve in your body. From the lower spine, it runs through the legs down to the feet. When this nerve is pressed, it may trigger pain along the nerve. This is known as sciatica. It sometimes hinders your activities. This can go to the point that you’ll feel the necessity for the suitable treatments to relieve the pain. On the bright side, those suitable treatments can be found in our centre in Keysborough.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is described as a pain that is felt along the path and branches of your sciatic nerve. It is a symptom, not a medical condition. You may feel pain from your back, down to your buttock and leg. It may be caused by Piriformis syndrome, slipped disk, degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, pelvic injury or tumors.

When you have sciatica, it is typical that one of your lower extremities gets affected. The pain may be described from mild to sharp, burning feeling, or like a jolt or electric shock. More pain can be felt when you cough, sneeze, or sit for very long. The discomfort can be felt anywhere the sciatic nerve runs.