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Sciatica Mornington, Bentons Square & Hastings

sciaticaPhysiotherapists regularly treat sciatica and sciatic nerve pain sufferers have terrific final results.

Sciatica is characterized by pain that begins in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain frequently varies in its’ intensity and frequency, however normally 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.
Generally, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.
Sciatica is a frequent problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is especially prevalent during pregnancy.

Causes
Sciatica nerve pain is caused by stress on the sciatic nerve – a very important 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:

* piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis Muscle mass in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
* spinal misalignments, vertebral dysfunction
* herniated disc, disc prolapse
* osteoarthritis
* poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
* poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
* spinal compressions due to osteoporosis

Diagnosing Sciatic Pain
Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your Physios most important task is to determine the exact trigger of your sciatic nerve interference.

Physiotherapy therapy always begins with a detailed history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT, MRI and posture pro scan may also be necessary to accurately diagnose your sciatica.

Treatment
As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your Physio therapy aims to accomplish this by decreasing 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 mix of the following techniques:

* Spinal mobilisations
* Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
* Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
* Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
* Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve

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 struggling with sciatica at the moment please do not delay – you can obtain the best results when you address the symptoms early..please contact us to begin your care today!

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