Sciatica is best known for its shooting pain down into the leg from the lower back, along the path of the sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, the symptoms of sciatica begin.


So, what causes sciatica?

The sciatica nerve tends to get damaged in two ways, either by being pinched or compressed by other structures such as a bulging disc, or through trauma, like an injury to the back. Of these, a herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica in younger adults. Other causes of compression include:

  • – Inflammation resulting from other conditions or injuries
  • – Spinal misalignment
  • – Spinal degeneration
  • – Poor posture
  • – Arthritis
  • – Osteoporosis
  • – Facet joint injuries
  • – Poor manual handling
  • – Piriformis syndrome
  • – Spinal stenosis


What does sciatica feel like?

Pain is one of the first symptoms and can include:

  • – Sharp, shooting pain
  • – Burning pain
  • – Numbness
  • – Tingling or pins and needles
  • – Muscle weakness