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Diagnosis and Symptons

Sciatica is caused by irritation or damage to the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the legs, hip, buttocks and hamstrings. It subdivides above the knee to all muscles below the knee.


Symptoms will depend on which branch of the nerve is irritated but normally present as intermittent back pain that radiates to the leg muscles including the hamstring or calf. Numbness in the toes is sometimes experienced.

Preventative measures

Prevention is concentrated on avoiding abnormal lower back movements or stresses. Proper bending or lifting techniques must be observed. Strengthening of the back muscles will help stabilise the lower back.


For serious injury always consult your doctor or physiotherapist. 
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Last update: 16/05/2013 12:38 • Previous update: 30/11/-0001 00:00