What is Sciatica? 

Sciatica is an extremely painful and debilitating condition in which pressure on the sciatic nerve causes pain to radiate into your legs. It often presents with burning, numbness and tingling sensations as well as sharp, jabbing electric shock pains. –Muscle weakness in the lower limbs is another frequent symptom of sciatica that requires careful monitoring.

What Causes Sciatica?

–Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – that 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
•In about 90% of cases sciatica is caused by a herniated disc
•About 5-10 % of patients with low back pain have sciatica
Diagnosis is made from a thorough history and physical examination  including neurological examination. –Diagnostic imaging such as X-ray, CT and MRI may also be required to accurately diagnose your sciatica.
Physiotherapy Treatment:

Treatment if focused on reducing the pressure on the sciatic nerve

* 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
* Dry needling
* Home stretching exercises and advised to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery.
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