Help For Sciatica – Ormond, Bentleigh & Mckinnon

Our physiotherapy practice offers a professional and friendly environment with the express aim of helping you to overcome the condition with which you present.  If you are currently experiencing sciatica, buttock or leg pain, please contact us for a thorough assessment and treatment plan.  The information and video below will help you to understand more about your sciatic pain.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

About

Sciatica is characterized by pain that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain often varies in its intensity and frequency, however , usually there will be a component of sharp, jabbing or “electric shock” pains that radiate into the legs. Sciatica is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness is another frequent symptom of sciatica that requires careful monitoring.

Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.
Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers, and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy .

Causes

Sciatic nerve pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.

Pressure on the Sciatic nerve can be caused by a number of factors such as :
* piriformis syndrome ( tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
* spinal misalignments , vertebral dysfunction
* herniated disc, disc prolapse
* osteoarthritis
* poor posture as a result of wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
* uncontrolled lifting technique and poor bending habits
* spinal compressions as a result of osteoporosis

Diagnosis

As there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your physiotherapists’ first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference. Physiotherapy treatment always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination . Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT and MRI may also be required to accurately diagnose the cause of your sciatica.

Treatment

As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your Physiotherapy treatment aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg.

This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques :
* the use of Spinal mobilisations
* Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
* Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
* Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
* Advice in relation to minimising pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve

In addition , you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery .
If you are suffering with sciatica at the moment please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early…please contact us to begin your care today!