Sciatica is a term used to explain pain in the course of sciatic nerve which is due to irritation or compression of sciatic nerve or portion of it resulting from herniated disc or degenerative changes in the lumbar spine.
Causes can be disc herniation, Degenerative changes in lumbar spine, bone spur on the lumbar spine
It causes pain in the buttock area or radiating to the thigh and leg. Pain usually occurs on the one side of the body.
A physiotherapist performs a thorough assessment incorporating special test for sciatica. Most of the sciatica casesrespond well to few weeks of physio treatment without any surgical intervention. Depending on the cause a physiotherapist employs several techniques such as electrotherapy, Dry needling, mechanical traction, exercise therapy as needed for your fast recovery.