Sciatica is a condition involving pain and discomfort of the back, buttocks and legs.
Sciatica pain is when sensory discomfort travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. The Sciatic nerve starts in your lower spine (L4/5 S/1), and travels through the hips and glutes and down the back of the leg to the foot.
Sciatica is usually caused by:
Piriformis syndrome is a type of Sciatica that occurs when the Sciatic nerve is compressed by a small muscle in the hip called the piriformis. This is a common form of Sciatica and usually responds well to Sciatica pain treatments such as Myotherapy and Remedial Massage.
Pressure from a herniated disc on the sciatic nerve or its nerve roots is a common cause of sciatica.
Joint inflammation, nerve compression from bony growths or a locked facet joint in the lower back are common sciatic irritants.
People aged between 30 and 50 are the demographic Sciatica most commonly affects. people who sit a lot are statistically more likely to experience disc damage and sciatica pain. High body mass is a risk factor. People often Google “sciatica from driving”.
A “Sciatica Attack” causes pain and tingling that spreads from the lower back down the buttock, hamstring, calf and sometimes the foot. Sciatic pain has significant variance. Symptoms are often described as burning, dull, nervy, shooting or aching,
Tingling, numbness and weakness are common sciatica pain presentations. It’s important to consult with a clinician if you experience these symptoms as prolonged irritation can damage nerves and their function.
Your Myotherapist will perform a full assessment and utilise special tests after a thorough interview to establish the cause of your discomfort.
Sciatica is easy to diagnose, but sometimes the cause of the episode may need to be investigated with scans such as MRI or X-ray.
The majority of sciatica attacks resolve through conservative treatments such as Myotherapy.
In Brisbane your Myotherapist can use many techniques, such as Low Level Laser Therapy, Electro needling, Nerve Glides, Myofascial release, Joint mobilisations, Corrective Exercises and explaining how to not aggravate your sciatica pain. To ensure that your Sciatica doesn’t come back your Myotherapist will teach you the best exercises you are able to perform and provide a plan to improve your capacity.