The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. Obstructions, like a disc prolapse, can put pressure on your sciatic nerve, causing pain. This is called Sciatica.
Obstructions such as a disc prolapse or narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) can put pressure on your sciatic nerve. This may make you feel pain running over your hip and down your leg called sciatic pain.
Mild cases of sciatica can be treated with over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. If your symptoms persist or increase see your GP.
If conservative treatments are not successful you may be referred to a spinal consultant. They may order x-rays or an MRI scan. Based on the results of these procedures your consultant may recommend a further course of treatment.