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Sciatica 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 and to the foot.Sciatica is characterized by pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs. Commonly pain and numbness are located at the calf, foot, or back of the thigh. This is usually preceded for a few weeks by lower back pain. Eventually the leg pain becomes worse than the back pain. Pain can either be dull and aching or can be a shooting pain down the leg all the way to the toes. This pain can last for several days or weeks or it can subside for even a few hours. However, someone who has had sciatica for a long period of time will find that the pain localizes in the buttock and thigh. In severe cases it can damage nerves and reflexes or cause the calf muscle to deteriorate.Treatment of Sciatica

As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. The Physio Practice can help with Physiotherapy treatment that 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:

  • Spinal mobilisations
  • Traction
  • Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
  • Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
  • Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • Massage therapy and trigger point therapy

In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and maybe asked to apply ice or 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 call your Physiotherapist at The Physio Practice on 02 95690034 or visit our clinic at Shop 1, 529-539 New Canterbury Road in Dulwich Hill for more information.

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