Ah, Pain...It's the cause of so many frustrations and discomfort and can seem life ending in some situation... Even when being explained the source of your pain by a medical professional, you still can't always explain it. And many patients don't understand how the site of their injury still hurts even though the tissue has healed.
Over the past 20 years, the medical community has made great progress in understanding the multi facets and layers of pain, and with the help from researchers in pain science, the now more accepted model of describing pain is the biopsychosocial model. In short, pain is seen as an interaction among and within the biological, psychological and social factors, unique to each individual.
Sciatica:The Other S Word Everybody Dread, Part II
In this post, I' d like to discuss the most common possible causes of sciatica. I could not reinforced the utmost importance of a CLEAR DIAGNOSIS in understanding and treating sciatica APPROPRIATELY. Knowing what structures are involved, which movements worsen or alleviate your symptoms is obviously necessary. You can't fix a problem without knowing where it is coming from...
But before this, I need to go back to Richard, my patient I mentioned in part I.
Have You Been Told By Your Doctor To Rest Because You Suffer From Sciatica? Try These Exercises & Techniques Instead! Sciatica Serie Part I
SCIATICA: The Other S Word Everybody Dread
If you have experienced sciatica, know someone who has experienced it first hand or heard that term before, you must know it is a very debilitating condition that can arise... generally suddenly, without warning signs.
Sciatica is not a diagnosis. It is a symptoms that can originate from various medical condition.
It refers to the pain one feels down their buttocks, thighs and/ or below their knee and possibly into foot and toes. It occurs with certain motions and originates in the lower back( your lumbar spine and tailbone/ the last 5 spinal vertebrae and sacrum) when your sciatic nerve ( the largest nerve in your body) or one of its nerve roots( the nerve origin coming out between each vertebrae of your spine) gets irritated by another structure.
This creates serious and acute pain down your lower back, buttocks, thighs and sometimes all the way down to your toes. Sharp, searing, and shooting pain, "zingers", numbness, tingling, " cold water running down my leg" are common description of sciatica.
Pierre-Yves Butheau, MPT, CMP has been a physiotherapist for 19 years and has a passion for helping people move better, return from and prevent injuries, as well as improve their function and quality of life. He has a strong interest in addressing the root cause of and treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions while educating his patients with the knowledge to manage their conditions and prevent recurrence. Pierre also has a niche in treating Bell's palsy and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions.