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 spine and 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
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 ease 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
- A personal exercise programme
- Advice on pain relief and long term strategies
- Simple lifestyle changes to ease pain
Frequently Asked Questions
There have been many changes with the way health insurance companies cover physiotherapy recently. Subsequently, we require all patients to pay for their physiotherapy appointements up front per appointment. We will provide you with a printed receipt which includes your Physiotherapist’s HCPC number, which you can then provide to your individual insurance company. Depending on your individual policy, you may be able to reclaim some or all of your fees. Policies and cover varies widely now and we are unable to accept any responsibility for the amount you may be able to recaim from your insurance company. You will be responsible for any shortfall.
If you are looking to claim back your fees through your health insurance company, please do let us know, as not all our Clinicains are recognised by health insurance.
We understand that sometimes things come up, however we would appreciate as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend your appointment. We just ask that you give us a minimum of 24 hrs notice of any changes to your appointment so that we can re-allocate the appointment. Less than 24 hours notice will result in a charge. Appointment slots are very valuable and without adequate notice that appointment can’t be used for another patient. We send out both text message & email appointment reminders to help you remember your appointment time.
Please just give us a call or drop us an email if you’d like to change your appointment.