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Woman who has a pain in a hip joint

Sciatica is a debilitating condition that is characterised by pain, numbness or weakness in the area of the sciatic nerve or associated lumbosacral nerve root.

Any condition that may structurally impact or compress the sciatic nerve may cause sciatica symptoms. The causes of sciatica can be divided into spinal or non-spinal categories.


  • Herniated or bulging lumbar intervertebral disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal mass (tumour, haematoma, abscess)


  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Pelvic tumours
  • Trauma to leg/hip

Sciatica is more likely to occur in individuals who work in certain occupations, such as those that include heavy and repetitive manual labour, working in awkward positions (plumbing, building), operating machinery/truck driving and exposure to vibration. It is also more likely to occur in those that have generally poor lifestyle habits such as sedentary lifestyle, smoking, overweight etc.

The pain from sciatica can be anything from infrequent and irritating to severe and debilitating.

Usually, it affects only one side, the pain radiating through the buttock and down the leg and is often associated with a constant pain on one side of the buttocks, pain in the leg and/or buttock that may be worse when sitting, burning, or tingling down the leg, weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot or a shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up. Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing, and coughing.

A common misconception that we see in practice is that people often think that any leg pain is “sciatica”.

Not all referred leg pain or symptoms are caused by compression to the sciatic nerve. There are a number of other musculoskeletal conditions that can present similar to sciatica, which makes the diagnosis of this condition important to receiving the right treatment.

Pain may also be referred to different areas of the leg from muscles in the hip and pelvis, as well as joints in the low back, pelvis, and hip.

Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica

A precise diagnosis of the cause of sciatica is essential in finding an effective treatment for sciatica. Some causes of sciatica will require other medical attention.

Chiropractic treatment may help sciatica that is caused by disc herniations/bulges, stenosis, spondylolisthesis or piriformis syndrome. Often, we will refer patients for imaging such as MRI and x-ray before beginning a treatment plan.

Treatment will vary depending on each individual and the specific cause of sciatica. At Impulse Chiropractic, we ensure that each treatment is tailored to every patient’s needs. Treatment usually focuses on pain relief and management, decompressing affected joints, reducing muscle tension, increasing joint stability and mobility.

We use a combination of methods to help in the treatment of sciatica. These methods include:

  • Massage and myofascial release techniques
  • Joint manipulation and mobilisation
  • Dry needling
  • Cupping therapy
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Postural retraining
  • Lifestyle and ergonomic advice
For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Chiropractors you can use the Contact or Book Online now buttons at the top of this page, call our North Curl Curl practice on (02) 9939 8817, or visit Impulse Chiropractic & Natural Therapies‘ state of the art Chiropractic clinic at 15/64 Pitt Road in North Curl Curl.

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Sciatica is a debilitating condition that is characterised by pain, numbness or weakness in the area of the sciatic nerve or associated lumbosacral nerve root.