How To Identify Sciatica’s Symptoms
Sciatica symptoms can be excruciating. During a flare-up, the feelings
can leave you isolated, out of work and crippled for up to 2 weeks at a time.
When people first experience sciatica, the symptoms can be weak and hard to identify. So here’s a quick run-down so you can identify the pain and can decide what’s the best course of action.
The most common sciatica symptoms include:
- A radiating pain around the lower back.
- The pain can also radiate down the back of the leg (it’s usually only felt on one side)
- The pain can radiate down to the knee, as well as down the shin into the foot.
- Symptoms can also include daring, shooting pain, pins and needles, a sense of numbness and in extreme cases, may cause a loss of bowel control.
What to do if you’re getting these symptoms
For the majority of sciatica and lower back pain sufferers, up to 99% of all cases are debilitating painful, but safe and harmless. I can help with these majority of cases. They are most often the result of poor movement habits that compress the spine or surrounding tissues, forcing compression of the nerve or bulges a disk near the nerve, which then presses against the nerve and causes sciatic nerve pain.
However, for a small number of cases, about 1%, the cause of sciatica can have more serious underlying issues. For this reason, you should consult a medical professional to rule out more serious issues before seeking alternative sciatica treatment.
However, if you are diagnosed with something like a bulging disk or ‘non-specific mechanical back pain’ which is compressing your nerve, you are usually better off with treatment such as Alexander Technique. If this is the result of your scan, it is not something to be worried about (You can read more about why you shouldn’t worry about non-specific back pain).
If you have non-threatening symptoms, a good doctor will likely advise you against drugs or surgery. The research shows that painkillers do not work for sciatica. And surgery does not provide long-term relief.
In other words, you are much better off tackling the root cause of sciatica, which is usually down to how you move and operate in your daily life.
How I can help
I work by helping you identify and correct unnatural movement habits (how you bend, how you sit, how you sleep, how you stand, etc.).