Tel: 020 7586 6022 | Contact

Sciatica/ Lower back pain

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It travels from your lower back, through your hip area and buttocks and down the back of each leg . The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve. Sciatica is the compression of the Sciatic nerve in your lower back. The most common cause of this nerve compression is a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. Piriformis syndrome is another common cause of sciatica. The piriformis is a muscle that lies directly over the sciatic nerve. If this muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle, it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve.


  • Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. The pain can be sharp, burning sensation, electric shock with a generalised dull ache.
  • Numbness, tingling, and pins and needles.
  • Muscle weakness in affected leg.
  • Worse when you sit, bend, cough or sneeze.


  • Pes planus / flat feet (See Orthotics).
  • Biomechanical Malignment / Scoliosis (See Orthotics).
  • Herniated Disc.
  • Muscle spasm (esp. Piriformus).
Osteopaths are able to treat Acute and Chronic Back Pain, Lumbago, Sciatica and Muscle Spasms. Please call Back & Active osteopaths Belsize park, NW3 on 020 7586 6022.

What Our Patient's are saying

James, Triathlete, NW3 "I can highly recommend Damien and the The Back & Active clinic, The knee pain i suffered unnecessarily for years is gone thanks to their experience, treatment style and the amazing orthotics running is a joy again."
Randa Pettifor "Going to Damien gave me inspiration and confidence. His positive engagment, constant motivation and skilled treatments got me back playing tennis, which i thought i would never do again. Thank you Damien."
Dr. T. Maddox "Damien treated me for infrapatellar tendinitis and quickly got to the cause of the problem. His treatment was thorough, knowledgeable and sensible and the symptoms quickly improved. I would recommend him unreservedly."