Sciatica Treatment London
We are located near to Canary Wharf in central London. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve comes from your lower back. It passes through your buttocks and extends down each leg towards your foot. Typically, acute sciatica affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica commonly occurs when a disc bulges or herniates. This often compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation. Also pain and often numbness or weakness in the affected leg.
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Pain can often be reduced even before you have your first appointment. Over the counter medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation (Consult your pharmacist first).
Heat or ice can can help reduce muscle spasm and pain. Short periods of bed rest are ok for the first day or two. Although it’s important to keep moving after that.
If the pain hasn’t resolved within a couple of days it is very important to seek the input of a good physiotherapist. So please Get In Touch to make an appointment.
The physiotherapy treatment of Sciatica is fairly straightforward. The most important thing is to identify the cause of the problem. This can also usually be done with clinical tests without the need for any scans.
Treatment will also usually consist of manual therapy techniques. To reduce specific areas of tightness and spasm. Often dry needling/acupuncture is used to relieve pain. Importantly you will be shown specific exercises to help ensure normal movement and flexibility of the nerve is restored.
An initial assessment and treatment is 1 hr. Any further sessions are also often usually only 30 minutes. Also most of our patients need only 4-6 sessions to resolve the problem. (However we can usually be more specific after you have been assessed)