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Performing a detailed assessment and applying optimal treatment with corrective exercises for sciatica…

WHAT IS SCIATICA?

Sciatica typically refers to the pain and symptoms that is experienced down the sciatic nerve. The nerve exits the spine at the L5S1 vertebral level (the very lowest lumbar vertebra), it then runs through the buttock, down the back of the leg, then into the calf and foot. This is why the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. However, not all leg pain is sciatica.

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What causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by the pinching or compression of the sciatic nerve either from a disc injury (disc bulges, disc prolapse – slipped disc). The disc that is bulging or herniated pushes directly onto the sciatic nerve root. Alternatively, it can be caused by a particularly tight muscle in the buttock called the piriformis muscle, this is referred to as piriformis syndrome. On rare occasions there can be a growth such as a tumour or cyst that can trap the nerve.

 

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms often include back pain on one side, pain into the buttock and the back of the leg, pain into the lower leg and into the foot, tingling or numbness into the lower leg, sometimes there can be a burning pain / sensation into the lower leg and foot, the pain is often made worse by sitting or standing still for long periods of time. Symptoms and pain can also be aggravated when bending forward or raising the leg. Daily patterns can occur with pain and stiffness worse in the morning and at night time.

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What are the treatment options for Sciatica?

Treatment is guided after a detailed full assessment to determine the severity of the condition and will dictate the way patient’s treated. It may be that the patient has been referred for surgery but, in most cases, it can be managed with physical therapy – by a osteopath, chiropractor or a physiotherapist. Treatment may involve stretching techniques, spinal manipulation, articulation movements, flexion distraction techniques to take pressure off the back. Rehab exercises will be given to speed up recovery and manage your condition. Your practitioner can give you any advise on lifestyle modifications to aid recovery for example using ice and heat packs. In some cases, patients can be referred for MRI imaging, to our sports doctor or a spinal consultant for further investigations. Numerous patients are referred into the clinic after seeing a spinal consultant surgeon.

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