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Sciatica – Physio Tullamore


As well as sending information and instructions from your body to your brain and back again, your nerves such as the sciatic nerve can also cause you pain just like muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones can.

Nerves actually have their own nerves within them, Clever! Messages get sent to the brain telling it when there is a problem in the nerve and therefore you can feel pain. Sciatica is where the nerve can become inflamed from excessive stretch or compression or from a chemical irritation. Causes of Sciatica can be related to posture and/or swelling of other things such as joints and discs and ligaments. Sometimes the original irritation that sensitized the nerve can settle but the nerve stays sensitized for other reasons and you therefore still experience pain. Other things that can cause sciatica to continue to be painful are scarring in the nerve, changes to the way the nerve sends messages and an over response of the nerve to every day activities.

Common nerve pains include sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and neck radiculopathy (nerve irritation in the arm from the neck joints).
That said, nerves are tough little fellas and have lots of potential to get better and start behaving themselves again. However, they can take some time to fully settle down.

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