Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

Sciatica can lead to pain in the back and legs.

Sciatica can lead to pain in the back and legs.
beginning of content

Sciatica

1-minute read

Sciatica is a condition that can lead to pain in the back and legs.

Sciatica is the name given to nerve pain that travels down the back of the leg due to a problem in the lower back. There are a range of different causes of sciatica. In most cases, the condition gets better over time, either on its own or with treatment.

Sciatica occurs when pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in your lower spine, and travels through your hip and buttock and down the back of your leg to your foot.

The causes of sciatica include spinal injury or trauma, bone spurs or other growths, narrowing of the spinal canal, or tight or swollen muscles in the buttock. In many cases, people can’t pinpoint a specific injury that caused the condition.

Sources:

myDr (Sciatica: symptoms, causes and diagnosis), SA Health (Health Topics), myDR (Sciatica Treatment), myVMC (Sciatica)

Last reviewed: October 2016

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Found 20 results

Sciatica | myVMC

Sciatica is defined as pain caused by pressure or irritation of the sciatic nerve

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Sciatica: treatment - myDr.com.au

Most sciatica gets better within a few weeks. If not, there are treatments that may help relieve your sciatica pain.

Read more on myDr website

Sciatica - Better Health Channel

Most cases of sciatica resolve by themselves within six weeks to three months.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Sciatica: symptoms, causes and diagnosis - myDr.com.au

Sciatica is characterised by pain deep in the buttock often radiating down the back of the leg. One of the most common causes is a herniated disc.

Read more on myDr website

Piriformis syndrome - myDr.com.au

Piriformis syndrome involves the piriformis muscle of the buttock compressing and irritating the sciatic nerve.

Read more on myDr website

Managing low back pain and sciatica :: SA Health

Simple advice on managing low back pain or sciatica to assist your recovery

Read more on SA Health website

Spinal cord stimulation (back pain treatment) video | myVMC

Spinal cord stimulation is a treatment that involves implanting a spinal cord stimulator. It is an advanced pain treatment for sciatica and back pain.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Low back pain :: SA Health

Low back pain - managing pain, facts about sciatica and advice on diagnostic scans and when you should see your doctor

Read more on SA Health website

Experiences of pregnancy

The parents we spoke with found pregnancy life-changing and exciting, and described at length its physical and emotional dimensions.

Read more on Healthtalk Australia website

Spinal Cord Anatomy and Function | myVMC

The spinal cord connects the brain to other parts of the body via the vertebrae and enables walking and reflexes. It is part of the central nervous system.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback