Help For Sciatica in Goodwood, Adelaide

The Physio Studio offers quality physio care for sciatica throughout Goodwood, Millswood, Unley, Wayville & Clarence Park.

AboutSciatica Adelaide

Whilst leg pain that is referred from the low back is relatively common, true ‘sciatica’ is less common – not all sharp leg pain is from the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is characterized by pain that can start in the lower back or buttock, and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain often varies in its’ intensity and frequency, however usually there is a component of sharp, jabbing or “shock-like” pains that can radiate into the legs. Sciatica pain is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations, and can be associated with muscle weakness.

Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.

Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and can occur during pregnancy.

Causes

Sciatica nerve pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large 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 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

Diagnosis

Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, or conditions that mimic sciatica, your physiotherapists’ first task is to determine the likely cause of your symptoms. Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history from you and perform a full physical examination, looking at your movement, strength, flexibility and nerve function. Your physiotherapist may refer you for an X-ray or other imaging, but this is infrequently needed.

Treatment

As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your physiotherapist can help with this with treatments including spinal and nerve mobilisation, massage therapy, exercise rehabilitation and postural training. In addition, your physiotherapist will give you advice as to what you can do to help with your symptoms, such as through the use of heat/cold packs, postural advice and home exercises.

Early intervention can help to make a big difference – Call the clinic today on 8357 0418 to book your appointment