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Sciatica: Don't be 'Nerve'ous, We Have the Solution

Sciatica is a condition that affects the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body that runs from the lower back down to the legs. Sciatica is a common condition that causes pain, tingling, or numbness in the lower back, buttock, and legs. While sciatica can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, it is typically associated with lower back problems such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease.

Symptoms of Sciatica

The symptoms of sciatica can vary, but the most common symptoms include lower back pain, pain that radiates down the leg, tingling or numbness in the leg, and muscle weakness. In severe cases, sciatica can cause a loss of bladder or bowel control, which is a medical emergency.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica is typically caused by compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. This can be due to a number of underlying conditions, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal tumors, and spinal infections. In addition, sciatica can also be caused by injury, overuse, or repetitive strain.

How Physiotherapy Can Help

If you are suffering from sciatica, physiotherapy can play a critical role in your recovery and management of symptoms. Our physiotherapists can help you identify the underlying cause of your sciatica and develop a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

One of the key components of physiotherapy for sciatica is the use of manual therapy techniques. This can include joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and massage to help reduce pain and swelling, and improve range of motion.

Another important aspect of physiotherapy is the use of exercises to help you regain strength and stability in the affected area. Our physiotherapists can prescribe specific exercises that target the lower back, hips, and legs to help you regain normal function and prevent future injuries.

In addition to these manual therapy techniques and exercises, your physiotherapist may also use modalities such as heat or ice therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation to help manage pain and swelling.

Rehabilitation and Return to Activity

After a diagnosis of sciatica, it's important to follow a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help you make a full recovery and prevent future injuries. This may include a gradual return to physical activity and work, under the guidance of a physiotherapist.

Our physiotherapists can work with you to develop a customized rehabilitation program that takes into account your specific needs and goals. This may include a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and other treatments to help you regain full function and return to your desired level of physical activity.

Prevention is Key

In addition to treatment, it's also important to take steps to prevent future sciatica. Our physiotherapists can provide you with tips and strategies to help you prevent sciatica, such as incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises into your routine, maintaining good posture, and gradually increasing your physical activity.

Sciatica can cause pain, tingling, or numbness in the lower back, buttock, and legs, and can be caused by a number of underlying conditions. Fortunately, with the help of physiotherapy, you can make a full recovery and manage your symptoms. If you are suffering from sciatica, don't wait to seek treatment. Contact one our fantastic physiotherapists today to start your journey to recovery.

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