Sciatica is a condition where the spinal nerve coming out of your spine is trapped in your back. This causes low back pain and leg pain. Usually, the pain travels from your back to the right or left leg. There is also a sensation of tingling, pins and needles, and numbness in your leg and foot. Occasionally, there may be a weakness of the leg causing you to miss a step and fall over.

Most Likely causes of Sciatica

Sciatica presents as a leg dominant pain. The pain is mostly in the leg and the symptoms can get worse with time. Early intervention and treatment can prevent further damage to the spinal nerve.

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Mangattil Rajesh is a Consultant Spinesurgeon in London

Mr. Mangattil Rajesh

Consultant Spine Surgeon, Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel, London.

I am a Consultant Spine Surgeon at Royal London Hospital, London. My experience is from the extensive training in Spine Surgery from surgical rotations in London and from further 3 Spinal Fellowships at Manchester, North Tees and at Royal London Hospital in the UK and advanced training in France and USA.

How can I get immediate pain relief from Sciatica?

Rest - Medications - Physiotherapy - Nerve Root Injections - Surgery
Nerve Root Injections are low dose steroid injections delivered to the point where the nerve is trapped in your back.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I see a surgeon regarding my Sciatica?

Although most Sciatica pains improve with home treatment and self-care.

Seek immediate attention if your Sciatica is associated with:

  • Numbness or tingling in both legs
  • Weakness in your arms
  • New bladder bowel problems
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever
  • Loss of balance / difficulty in walking

2. What are the non-surgical options for my Sciatica pain?

Non-surgical options include:

  • Bed Rest
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medications
  • Spine Injections

3. What treatment can I try myself for my Sciatica pain?

Most of your Sciatica pain will improve within a few weeks, however you can try these three steps:

  1. Keep Active: People who keep active recover more quickly
  2. Pain Killers: Try painkillers like Paracetamol and Brufen
  3. Exercises and Stretches: Walking, swimming, yoga will help relieve your Sciatica pain.

4. How can physiotherapy help my Sciatica pain?

A physiotherapist can advise you on the right type of exercise. These include:

  1. Aerobic Exercises: Increases your heart rate, decreases muscle stiffness and makes you more mobile.
  2. Stretching Exercises: Reduces tension and improves flexibility in the muscles supporting your Sciatica.
  3. Strengthening Exercises: Strengthens muscles of your back, Hips, Knee and Foot.

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