One of the main nerves in our legs is called the sciatic nerve which traverses from the lower back, through the buttock and down the leg. When the nerve is inflamed, pain, numbness, and/or weakness is often felt in the buttock and upper thigh - in some cases the pain can travel down to the feet, down the back or side of the leg. Sciatica can literally be a big pain in the butt!
There has been an increase in the number of clients that have come to my clinic in recent weeks due to back pain and sciatica - many of them have been spending more time in their gardens, lifting heavy objects, and sitting in the car for long periods of time. It has been estimated that up to 40% of people experience sciatica at some time during their lives, most commonly in people in their 40’s or 50’s, and more commonly men than women.