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Sciatica Pain

What is sciatica pain?

Sciatica is a condition that causes pain, numbness, or tingling sensations along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips, buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica pain occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated, usually due to a herniated disc, bone spur, or spinal stenosis. This condition can be incredibly uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life, but don’t worry we are here to help.

What causes sciatica pain?

Sciatica pain can be caused by various factors, including:

  1. Herniated disc: When the soft inner core of a spinal disc protrudes through the tougher outer layer and presses on the sciatic nerve.
  2. Spinal stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the nerve roots, including the sciatic nerve.
  3. Piriformis syndrome: Tightening or spasms of the piriformis muscle, located in the buttocks, irritating the sciatic nerve.
  4. Spondylolisthesis: A condition where one vertebra slips over another, potentially compressing the sciatic nerve.
  5. Trauma or injury to the lower back.
  6. Prolonged sitting or sedentary lifestyle.
  7. Obesity, which can put extra pressure on the lower back.
  8. Pregnancy, as the growing uterus can press on the sciatic nerve.

Seeking professional help is crucial if you experience persistent sciatica pain to determine the exact cause and receive appropriate treatment.

What does sciatica pain feel like?

Sciatica pain is often described as a shooting or burning sensation that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. The pain may start in the lower back and travel down one leg, sometimes reaching the calf or foot. In some cases, the pain can be intense and debilitating, making it difficult to stand, walk, or even sit for extended periods. Additionally, you may experience weakness in the affected leg and numbness or tingling sensations.

Ignoring sciatica pain or hoping it will go away on its own can lead to further complications, so early intervention is essential.

How can Physio help?

Physiotherapy is a valuable treatment option for managing sciatica pain and addressing its underlying causes. Our experienced Physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the specific factors contributing to your sciatica. Understanding the root cause is crucial in developing a personalised treatment plan for effective pain relief and long-term recovery.

Physiotherapy aims to reduce sciatica pain, improve mobility, strengthen supporting muscles, and prevent future flare-ups. It can take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to improve, as nerves heal a lot slower than other structures, but in most cases it will improve significantly.

What treatment will you do for sciatica pain?

Following the assessment and consultation, our team of experts may recommend a variety of treatments to help alleviate sciatica pain, such as:

  • Manual therapy techniques to release tension and reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Specific exercises to improve flexibility, strengthen core muscles, and stabilise the lower back. We are big advocates of Pilates and run over 30 classes a week. It is one of the best forms of exercise to treat and prevent back problems.
  • Postural correction and ergonomic advice to minimise pressure on the sciatic nerve during daily activities.
  • Heat or cold therapy to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation.
  • Neural mobilisation techniques to free up the sciatic nerve from surrounding structures.

Our goal is to create a tailored treatment plan that not only addresses your current sciatica pain but also empowers you to take proactive measures to prevent future episodes. There is a solution, but starting is the key!

What can I do to reduce my sciatica pain whilst I wait for an appointment?

In addition to the treatments provided by our Physiotherapists, there are self-care measures you can adopt to manage sciatica pain:

  • Avoid activities that worsen the pain or put additional strain on your lower back and legs.
  • Practice good posture and use proper body mechanics while lifting objects.
  • Engage in regular low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or Pilates to keep your back and core muscles strong and flexible.
  • Apply ice or heat packs to the affected area to ease pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Use a supportive pillow while sleeping to maintain a neutral spine position.
  • Keep moving! The spine likes movement, so try to keep moving.
  • Take pain relief to help manage the pain (your GP will advise the best option for you!)

If you’re unsure whether Physiotherapy treatment is suitable for your sciatica pain, please click the button below to request a call back from our team of experts. They will provide more information and guide you in the right direction.


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