The sciatic nerves run from the lower back, through the buttocks and down the back of your legs. Irritation anywhere along this pathway will cause pain in the back and legs usually a clearly defined narrow strip of skin.

There is no vagueness about the feeling. It is often sharp, shooting or surging in nature and worse below the knee and in the foot. It can be disabling and severe enough to badly disturb sleep

The term is often used inaccurately to decribe pain in the leg for any reason, however sciatica is very specific and usually caused by a specific and identifiable problem. Most leg pain is not sciatica.

Physiotherapy Diagnosis and Treatment

Physiotherapy plays an important role in the diagnosis and conservative management of sciatica. Our physiotherapist will conduct a detailed assessment and neurological exam to identify the extent of the problem. A treatment plan will then be formulated to ensure the most effective recovery.

Treatment may involve joint mobilisations, massage, stretches and specific strengthening exercises, traction and advice on postural corrections.

In most cases, physiotherapy is all that is required to ensure recovery, however if symptoms do not resolve, further investigations such as Xray, CT scan or referral to a specialist may be required.

It is important that you do not ignore the pain and are given the right advice and management. We are here to help you eliminate pain and prevent further recurrences. Call our Physiotherapists now.

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