Physiotherapy For Sciatica
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Posture Pro Physiotherapy in Adelaide provides help for sciatica and sciatic nerve pain to the local areas of Greenacres, Northgate, Lightsview, Walkley Heights & Windsor Gardens.
Our Physiotherapists regularly treat sciatica and sciatic nerve pain sufferers have amazing results.
Our Exclusive Soaz approach to Back and leg pain has seen remarkable results achieved in the shortest time. See our results here
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 scitica 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 of Sciatica
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 comes from compression forces in the spine:
The largest most powerful muscle that sits directly onto the spine (the Psoas) has the power to crush the joints and discs resulting in compression onto the spinal nerves which in turn become the Sciatic nerve. This powerful muscles is the prime muscle we assess and treat at Posturepro.
Other pathologies that can affect the sciatic nerve include…
* piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
* spinal misalignments, vertebral dysfunction
* herniated disc, disc prolapse
* poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
* poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
* spinal compressions due to osteoporosis
Diagnosis of Sciatica
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 treatment always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT, MRI and posturepro scan may also be required to accurately diagnose your sciatica.
Treatment of Sciatica
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:
* Spinal decompression (the Soaz Method)
* Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
* Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
* Acupuncture and Laser technology
* Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
In addition to this, you will be given a series of home exercises and asked to apply 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!