Sciatica - What it really is

August 11, 2021
Posture

“A term people use associated with the lower back"

... But what is it really?

Sciatica discomfort most commonly occurs when a herniated (or bulging) disk presses against part of the nerve. Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments in a few weeks.

Where the pain com

Not all lower-back discomfort is sciatic pain

Sciatica is commonly mis-diagnosed, often used to describe any pain experienced in the lower-back, buttock or leg.

Cause of Sciatica

The chances are:

  • Annual incidence of 1—5%
  • Lifetime incidence of 15—40%

Here's an easy exercise to relieve lower-back discomfort (whether it's sciatic nerve-related or not)

 
Dr John White

February 14, 2021

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