Sciatica is not as scary as people make out. We’ve seen it many times at our clinic and helped people recover back to being their old selves. However, when you’re in the middle of a bad bout of sciatic pain it may seem that there is no end in site at all. Thankfully our experience and current research would suggest otherwise. So what is sciatica? It is irritation of the sciatic nerve which can cause pain along any of the sciatic dermatomes (skin sensation of the nerves), namely L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. This may not make much sense to you but just look for the areas on the picture.
Your pain can be along any of those lines in the leg. It can be mild or severe. It can be a deep seated pain, pins and needles, numbness or just uncomfortable. It may, or may not be accompanied by back pain as well.