Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

You are most likely to get sciatica between the ages of 30 and 50 years. It may happen as a result of the general wear and tear of aging, plus any sudden pressure on the disks that cushion the bones (vertebrae) of your lower spine.


The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one side of your body is affected.

Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. You might have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another part.


    • Pain that radiates from lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of the leg.
    • Pain can vary from mild to sharp or electric shock.
    • Numbness, tingling or muscle weakness

Nonsurgical treatment such as physiotherapy or radial shockwave therapy, will be recommended by Dr Siow to help to strengthen the muscles that is supporting your back.

Surgery may be needed if you still have persisting pain after 3 months of nonsurgical treatment.

It is recommended to seek Dr Siow’s professional advise to help you recover.

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