Sciatica is pain experienced in either your buttocks or leg as a result of irritation of the sciatic nerve which starts in your lower back and runs down your leg. The nerve can be irritated or trapped at any site along its pathway to the leg.
Causes: Anything that reduces the space through which the nerve travels can cause sciatica. Most commonly this is due to bulging, prolapsed or “slipped” discs, facet joint degeneration, or piriformis muscle spasm.
Common symptoms: Sharp, shooting, radiating pain usually through the buttock and down one leg. Catching type pain with sudden movements. Usually associated lower back pain (though not always). Pain can be very severe and you may also experience loss of sensation or weakness of the leg.
How does Physiotherapy help Sciatica?
Sciatica is mostly caused by a problem of the lower back; often due to a disc bulge. The first thing a physiotherapist does is identify the underlying cause of your pain. Once we’ve confirmed the cause of your sciatica we treat it in a number of ways. Physiotherapy treatment of sciatica usually involves a combination of things aimed at taking pressure of the nerve, and allowing the underlying structure causing the pain to heal. Importantly the physiotherapist will also show you how to prevent sciatica returning.
Our Physio’s are some of the best, and sciatica is one of the most common conditions they treat. So, if you have sciatic pain why not book in and start on your road to recovery?
How long does it take to fix?
Sciatica can be a persistent injury. Once it is established it usually requires treatment to alleviate the pain and then prevent it from returning. We typically see improvements in sciatica within 1-2 sessions, and the average number of sessions needed is 5-6. Treatment is initially focussed on reducing pain as quickly as possible. However, in order to prevent the pain from returning it’s important to continue with a specifically designed back strengthening regime for 2-3 months. This is a home based regime, so you don’t need to keep coming back!
What happens if it doesn’t improve?
If after 2-3 sessions your sciatica pain isn’t improving, we will refer you to a spine consultant. Sometimes a cortisone injection can be helpful, and very rarely surgery is required. However for 80% of our patients, physiotherapy cures their sciatica.
Initial Assessment and Treatment – 1 Hr: £95
Follow-up Treatment – 30 mins: £65
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