More specifically, it's when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your spine through each of your legs to your feet, becomes irritated due to compression. This can cause you to feel any or all of the following:
In any of the following areas:
Sciatica is more likely to occur if you take part in strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, or sometimes even driving.
Symptoms usually disappear without needing treatment, and there are things you can do at home to help.
The main causes of sciatic nerve compression are:
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Symptoms for sciatica usually get better within six weeks. However, if your symptoms get worse suddenly or they're stopping you from your everyday activities, you should see your GP as soon as possible.
How to treat sciatica at home
There are a number of things you can do to help relieve sciatica symptoms and aid recovery:
Try to avoid the following to prevent it from getting worse:
How long does sciatica last?
Symptoms usually get better within six weeks.
Your GP will initially suggest painkillers and exercise for sciatica relief and may refer you to a physiotherapist to teach you which exercises and massage techniques will be beneficial.
If these don't work or your symptoms are exceptionally bad, then your doctor may suggest: