Any pain in the back of the leg is often termed sciatica, by laymen and doctors. A compression of the sciatic nerve or its nerve roots can be at a variety of regions in the lower back and is not always due to a disc problem. You may even be experiencing numbness or pins and needles in your feet.
It is the osteopath’s job to identify the cause of the nerve irritation and relieve your symptoms by decompressing the area, giving you advice on how best to cope with these through the course of treatment.
Any symptoms of numbness in your ‘saddle’ region or affecting your control of bladder or bowel should consult your GP or attend a hospital immediately.