Signs and symptoms of nerve pain- • Often you will notice numbness or tingling as the main symptom of nerve pain. This will often be felt down the back of your leg (Sciatica) or down your arm • Increased sensitivity of the skin along the path of the damaged nerve • Sharp, stabbing or burning pain • Weakness of muscles supplied by the same nerve. What is Sciatica? The term Sciatica has been used for many years in the medical profession. It is used to describe pain in the leg caused by compression or irritation of a nerve. People may also experience pins and needles or numbness in the leg/foot. Physiotherapy aims to help reduce the irritation of the nerve using a variety of treatment techniques, exercises and postural advice. One of the more common causes of Sciatica is lumbar disc herniation. Many people refer to this conditions as a ‘slipped disc’ a ‘disc bulge’ or ‘pinched nerve’. It can be exacerbated by coughing, sneezing, bending and lifting heavy objects. In most cases Sciatica can be treated with rest and physiotherapy.