More about Sciatica
Sciatica is pain coming down the back of your leg, that comes from your lower back. It is extremely common and can be quite severe.
It’s really important that the cause of your sciatica is identified in-order to devise the most effective treatment plan for you. It could from a herniated or prolapsed disc, a narrowing around your nerve in your back, impingement of the nerve in your back or it may be caused from muscle tension in and around your pelvis.
Rarely, there may be more serious causes of your sciatica symptoms, but we ensure our thorough assessment will screen for anything to be concerned about and we will refer you on to a specialist without delay if this is needed.
The pain from sciatica can be quite acute and severe. But with the right diagnosis and treatment can resolve really quickly.
Once we have identified what is causing your sciatica, treatments may include:
- Reassurance and advice (this is more powerful than you may think!)
- Activity and rest advice, so you can be comfortable and sleep better
- A graded exercise programme
- Manual therapy
- Soft tissue therapy
- Exercise based rehab
- Clinical Pilates, particularly if it’s recurrent or long-standing
Why choose goPhysio?
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I have been attending Pilates weekly for a few years after suffering with sciatica from a disc injury. Its really helped with my recovery and I feel a lot stronger than I ever have. Classes are small so there is more focus on individual needs. Friendly staff and great facilities. Highly recommend.
HOW WE CAN HELP
We’ll help you to understand why you have sciatica and how to reduce it – both during an acute flare up or long term pain. Your treatment will vary depending on the nature and cause of your pain and how severe it is.
Treatments for sciatica may include:
Manual therapy to mobilise joints
Soft tissue release and massage to ease spasm and pain
What painkillers are best for sciatic?
What about X-rays and scans?
My sciatica is now better, I don’t want it to return, what should I do?
Once an acute episode of sciatica has eased off, we recommend continuing with your exercise to help keep any further recurrences at bay. Research indicates that any form of exercise is great for people who’ve had sciatica – being active and moving helps! Many of our patients go on to our specialist Pilates classes. These are particularly beneficial as they are taken by our Clinical team, so they are well equipped to deal with any concerns or issues you may have with your back and can modify and progress the exercises for you individually. The classes are also small, so you aren’t lost in a sea of people struggling – you get individual care and attention. We run both reformer and mat based classes, so there’s plenty of choice to fit in with your weekly commitments.