Cause and Effect of Sciatica, by Lee Cholmondeley, BSc (hons)
Sciatica is commonly understood as being buttock pain, but it may be caused by a plethora of reasons. True sciatica is pain associated with the sciatic nerve, which is the largest one in the body, so it’s easy to imagine how it can get pinched, trapped or tightened (yes, nerves need to be flexible too!).
Roughly the thickness of your little finger, it’s root arises from the space between the 2nd and 3rd lumbar vertebrae and travels through your pelvis, under the muscles that control hip movement and branches off in the rear of your thigh. These smaller nerves continue on to supply lower limb tissues down to the toes.
Simple stretches for hamstrings, hip extensors and external rotators can often alleviate buttock pain, however it is strongly advisable to contact a chartered physiotherapist to assess the pain in order to provide safe and appropriate advice on your particular condition.
Lee Cholmondeley, BSc (hons)
Lee is a chartered physiotherapist and registered member of the health professions council. Having gained 10 years’ experience in sports injury management, Lee also has an extensive level of experience in competitive rugby at county level – for both league and union.