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Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that radiates or refers into your leg usually as a result of a lower back problem. Sciatica may appear to run down the whole leg or appear in specific parts of your leg (hamstring, calf, shins) and requires a thorough assessment to identify its cause. 

The area of the spine that takes the most load from movement and activity is the lower back, or lumbar region. This consists of five relatively large vertebrae. The discs cushioning these vertebrae can bulge, tear and decrease in height due to repeated bending or prolonged sitting and can result in sciatica for ‘no apparent reason’. There does not need to be an acute episode to cause sciatica. Your physiotherapist at The Sports Injury Clinic will perform specific tests to assess the degree and type of sciatica you are experiencing.

How long will it last?

With early intervention from the practitioners at The Sports Injury Clinic and a specific treatment plan, most cases of sciatica resolve within six weeks to three months.

Symptoms

The symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Pain or aching in the buttock, thigh, calf, shin or foot.
  • Pins and needles.
  • Increased pain when lifting, straining or coughing.
  • Loss of power to the muscles of the leg and foot.

Suggestions for managing Sciatica

  • Rest from aggravating activity (no prolonged sitting, especially with your feet up or bending).
  • Taping from your physiotherapist to improve your spine's posture in the early stage. Learn correct posture of how to unload your back.
  • Using a lumbar support or placing a lumbar roll behind your back while sitting.
  • Gentle exercises to strengthen and support the lower back. Your treating practitioner may refer you to one of our pilates specialists to take you through exercise progressions to help prevent a reoccurrence of sciatica.
  • If you have been injured at work or in sport, our practitioners have approved conditioning programs that will get you back on track sooner with your tailored exercise plan. Your physiotherapist may also recommend Massage Therapy to assist in the management of your sciatica
  • Your practitioner may refer you to a Sports Physician for further investigations if your sciatica does not respond in our suggested time frames.

Professional treatment options

Contact us now  for immediate advice regarding sciatica.