Sciatica is pain in the back of the leg caused by interference in the path of the spinal nerves as they exit the vertebral column in the low back. Different back problems may cause this interference, including an inter-vertebral disc prolapse (‘slipped disc’), degeneration and a once simple joint problem that has persisted and become sufficiently swollen to irritate the adjacent spinal nerve.

These back problems may also cause ‘referred pain’ in the leg. This is when interference in the path of the spinal nerve also causes pain in remote tissues that the nerve supplies. Therefore pain may be felt in the buttock, hip or leg, but the origin of the pain is from the back. We can differentiate the reason for your pain and efficiently treat the actual cause.