At Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong we have treated many clients suffering from sciatica so we understand how debilitating sciatica can be for you in your daily life.
Sciatica, also known as neuralgia or lumbar radiculopathy, is caused by compression or irritation to the sciatic nerve, which runs all the way from your lower back to your lower leg.
The result is typically a radiating pain, tingling or numbness through the entire length of the sciatic nerve.
Symptoms of sciatica include:
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness or numbness
- A constant pain on one side of your buttocks and lower leg
- A shooting pain down the leg
These symptoms can be constant or sporadic. Regardless of the frequency or presentation of these symptoms, it is always best to seek treatment and address the underlying cause.
Causes of sciatica include:
- Disc herniation
- Degenerative disc diseases
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Facet joint inflammation
- Compression of the nerve
- Muscle weakness or tightness in the gluteal region, particularly the piriformis
At Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong, our expert team of sports physios perform a detailed examination to determine the cause of sciatica and exacerbating lifestyle factors. By identifying these factors we are able to diagnose your problem and help you to correct it accordingly.
Here are 5 Tips to help manage sciatica:
1. Stretch and exercise regularly
Exercising, stretching and walking regularly can help to ease your pain and reduce the time it takes to recover. Our sports physiotherapists can prescribe some stretches and exercises that are useful in the management of sciatica.
2. Minimise rest
Excessive rest can increase time to recover and prolong pain. It is best to continue with your everyday activities, if bearable, and avoid staying in one position for a prolonged period of time.
3. Take some pain relief
Pain medication may help manage the pain and discomfort caused by sciatica which can provide welcomed relief and enable sleep. However, it is important to note that pain medication will only mask the injury. Professional diagnosis is necessary to treat what is causing your sciatica. Please consult with your doctor about which medication is appropriate for you.
4. Get some sleep
Getting enough sleep can assist in reducing sciatic pain as it enables the body to heal. Conversely, studies show that not getting enough sleep directly increases your perception of pain. Hence getting a good night’s sleep is paramount to your psychological tolerance of pain and overall perception of well being.
At Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong, our team of experts are able to provide you with tips and information on how to improve your night’s sleep so you are more prepared to take on the day.
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