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Sciatica is not a condition in itself, but rather a symptom of some other conditions. Sciatica is an umbrella term referring to “pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve”. The sciatic nerve runs from your low back to the back of your thigh, calf, and into the foot. Sciatica often refers to pain in the back or side of the leg and may occur with or without a change in sensation, such as numbness or tingling.

There are many different causes for this type of pain and therefore many different treatment options. If you have sciatic type pain, it is important to have a health professional, such as a physiotherapist, assess and determine the cause so it can be properly treated. This may involve some combination of manual therapy techniques such as mobilization or manipulation, therapeutic exercise, and modalities such as laser, electrical stimulation or ultrasound to decrease pain.