Conditions We Treat

Sciatica

If your life being affected or even blighted by you experiencing Lower Back Pain or Leg Pain or even Pins & Needles or Numbness, this can be caused by a condition called sciatica  

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica can be a painful experience, leading to pain in the back and all the way down into the leg, and can affect sometimes how that leg functions, restricting mobility and causing many restrictions in life.

Sciatica can be caused for any number of reasons, and it’s our job as your physiotherapist to determine the reason and the cause of your sciatica, and address those reasons so that we can return your life to the one that you wish to live, whether that be picking up the grandchildren or running a marathon.

Physiotherapists regularly treat sciatica and have terrific results.

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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 pain 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. 

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Midlands Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic provides physio care for sciatica & sciatic nerve pain and proudly services the Kidderminster, Stourport, Bewdley, Halesowen, Droitwich Spa, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcester, Bridgnorth, Worcestershire and other local communities.

Causes

Sciatica 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 result from a number of reasons including: 

  • piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
  • spinal mislignments
  • herniated disc, disc prolapse
  • osteoarthritis
  • poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
  • poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
  • spinal compressions due to osteoporosis 
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Diagnosis

Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your Physiotherapists first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference. 

Physiotherapy care always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination.  Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan may also be required to accurately diagnose your sciatica.  

Treatment

 As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure.  Your Physio care 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
  • Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
  • Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
  • Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
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In addition to this, 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.. simply call us to begin your care today! 

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