Physical Therapy for Sciatica and Sicatic Nerve Pain Sufferers.
Physical Healthcare provides Physical Therapy for sciatica and sciatic nerve pain.
About Sciatica and Sciatic Nerve Pain :
Our Physical Therapists regularly treat sciatica and sciatic nerve pain sufferers have terrific results.
Sciatica is characterized by pain that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve painoften varies in itsâ€™ 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 can result from a number of reasons including:
- 1. Piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve).
- 2. Spinal misalignments, vertebral dysfunction.
- 3. Herniated disc, disc prolapse.
- 4. Osteoarthritis.
- 5. Poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress.
- 6. Poor lifting technique and poor bending habits.
- 7. Spinal compressions due to osteoporosis.
Diagnosis of Sciatica :
Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your physical Therapists’ first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference.
Physical Therapy treatment always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Posture pro 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 Physical Therapy 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:
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..please contact us to begin your care today!.