Is a condition where pain, altered sensation and weakness can be experienced in the buttock, hamstring, calf and foot, via the sciatic nerve. The main cause is a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis.
Signs & symptoms:
- Cramping sensation in the hamstring or calf
- Shooting pain in the buttock, hamstring and down the foot
- A history of back pain
Research suggests that it is advisable to stay active, while avoiding sitting for prolonged periods and bending. Physiotherapy aims to provide education on the condition, reduce pain and gently restore movement. Acupuncture can be very helpful with this condition.