Sciatica Pain Treatments

Sciatica Pain Treatments Brisbane

Written by Roger Morelli, Myotherapist

Shooting pain down the leg is awful and is usually caused by compression to your Sciatic Nerve.  Expert Sciatica Treatment – Knead Myotherapy.

This article is a comprehensive guide to Sciatica.  We’ll discuss the causes of sciatica, what you should and shouldn’t do if you have Sciatica and the best way to rapidly resolve Sciatica Pain Brisbane – using cutting edge technology like low level laser, electro needling and expert massage techniques. (4 minutes reading time)

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by a compression or irritation of your sciatic nerve.  This compression results in shooting pain and tingling that spreads from the lower back down the buttock, thigh, calf and even 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 immediately if you experience these symptoms – as prolonged irritation can damage nerves and their function.

What are the symptoms of Sciatica?

  • Shooting/Radiating pain (felt in any or all of these areas – the thigh, calves and feet especially aggravated with movement – such as transitioning from sitting to standing).
  • Burning, tingling or other nervy sensation in the leg, originating from the low back or buttocks.
  • Numbness in the buttocks, thighs, calves or feet
  • Gluteal pain that is aggravated by sitting
  • Weakness, or difficulty controlling the leg or foot
  • Relentless calf pain – usually on the side or rear

What causes Sciatica?

(in order of most to least common)

  1. Lumbar Disc Bulges provoking the nerve roots (especially L4/5 and S/1).
  2. Lumber spinal stenosis (shrinking of the compartment of the spinal cord).
  3. Spondylolisthesis (an abnormally forward vertebra – common in gymnasts).
  4. Trauma to the leg, glutes or spine.
  5. Irritation or pinching of the sciatic nerve (a common muscle entrapment in the hips is called Piriformis syndrome).
  6. Joint Injury.
  7. sacroiliac dysfunction.

Compression at any point from the spine down can cause shooting leg pain known as Sciatica. Pressure from a herniated disc on the sciatic nerve or its nerve roots is the most common cause of sciatica.  Spinal compartment shrinking (stenosis), joint inflammation, nerve compression from bony growths or a locked vertebra in the low back are also common sciatic nerve irritants.

Muscle entrapment can cause Sciatica.

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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 responds well to Sciatica pain treatments such as Myotherapy and Remedial Massage.

Who gets Sciatica?

People aged between 30 and 50 are most likely to suffer from sciatica.  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”.

How do you diagnose Sciatica?

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.  It is essential that Sciatica symptoms that do not resolve with treatment are investigated with imaging to rule out life threatening conditions.

Sciatica Pain Brisbane, What should you do?

Don’t be discouraged by longstanding Sciatica.  Our expert Myotherapists can assess and construct a plan to rapidly resolve sciatica pain.

At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include Low Level Laser Therapy, Electro needling, Nerve Glides, Myofascial release, Joint mobilisations, Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain.  To ensure that your Sciatica doesn’t return your Myotherapist will teach you the best exercises you are able to perform and provide a plan to improve your capacity.

What shouldn’t you do?

Don’t endlessly medicate your pain.  Studies have shown that reliance on pain medications actually increase your perception of pain and need to use medicines.  Don’t ignore early symptoms – Sciatica can be easily resolved if the cause of symptoms are understood.  Don’t damage your kidneys, liver and mental health by relying on pain medications – active Sciatica treatment can rapidly improve symptoms.

FAQ’s

What Sciatica feels like?

Common Sciatica pain sensations include:

  • Shooting/Radiating pain (felt in any or all of these areas - the thigh, calves and feet especially aggravated with movement - such as transitioning from sitting to standing).
  • Burning, tingling or other nervy sensation in the leg, originating from the low back or buttocks.
  • Numbness in the buttocks, thighs, calves or feet
  • Gluteal pain that is aggravated by sitting
Sciatica who gets it?

The most common cause of sciatica in order are:

  1. Lumbar Disc Bulges provoking the nerve roots (especially L4/5 and S/1).
  2. Lumber spinal stenosis (shrinking of the compartment of the spinal cord).
  3. Spondylolisthesis (an abnormally forward vertebra – common in gymnasts).
  4. Trauma to the leg, glutes or spine.
  5. Irritation or pinching of the sciatic nerve (a common muscle entrapment in the hips is called Piriformis syndrome).
  6. Joint Injury.
  7. sacroiliac dysfunction.

People aged between 30 and 50 are most likely to suffer from sciatica.  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”.

Will Sciatica go away?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over approximately two years, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

How Sciatica is treated?

At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)
  • Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain
How Sciatica pain relief?

The best way to determine optimal symptom relief for sciatica is to understand what structures are causing your pain by consulting with a clinician.

At Knead Massage Brisbane, your Myotherapist will perform a full physical assessment and utilise special tests after a thorough interview to establish the cause of your discomfort.

Sciatica is easy to diagnose, but non responsive sciatica may need to be investigated with scans such as MRI or X-ray.

How Sciatica feels?

Sciatic pain has significant variance.  Sciatica symptoms include:

 

  • Shooting/Radiating pain (felt in any or all of these areas - the thigh, calves and feet especially aggravated with movement - such as transitioning from sitting to standing).
  • Burning, tingling or other nervy sensation in the leg, originating from the low back or buttocks.
  • Numbness in the buttocks, thighs, calves or feet
  • Gluteal pain that is aggravated by sitting
  • Weakness, or difficulty controlling the leg or foot
  • Relentless calf pain – usually on the side or rear
Will Sciatica numbness go away?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  The majority of sciatica presentations can improve with treatment.  Sciatica that is non-responsive to treatment needs to be investigated by x-ray or MRI to ascertain if there are serious pathology at play.

How Sciatica diagnosed?

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.  It is essential that Sciatica symptoms that do not resolve with treatment are investigated with imaging to rule out life threatening conditions.

How Sciatica occurs?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

Why Sciatica pain comes and goes?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

Why Sciatica occurs?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

When Sciatica is an emergency?

Sciatica that does not respond to treatment should be imaged immediately to ascertain if there are serious pathology at play such as tumours that are compressing the spine.  Any loss of bladder or bowel control is considered a red flag and cause for imaging and immediate involvement of your GP.

Who treats Sciatica pain?

Myotherapists Liza Markova and Roger Morelli at Knead Massage Brisbane provide expert sciatica pain treatments.  At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)
  • Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain
Who treats Sciatica Nerve Pain?

Myotherapists Liza Markova and Roger Morelli at Knead Massage Brisbane provide expert sciatica pain treatments.  At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)

Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain

Sciatica who treats it?

Myotherapists Liza Markova and Roger Morelli at Knead Massage Brisbane provide expert sciatica pain treatments.  At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)

Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain

Sciatica who should I see?

Myotherapists Liza Markova and Roger Morelli at Knead Massage Brisbane provide expert sciatica pain treatments.  At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)
  • Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain
Will Sciatica ever get better?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  The majority of sciatica presentations can improve with treatment.  Sciatica that is non-responsive to treatment needs to be investigated by x-ray or MRI to ascertain if there are serious pathology at play.

Can Sciatica come and go?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

Will Sciatica get better?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

Will Sciatica heal?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

Will Sciatica come back?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

Will Sciatica go on its own?

Sciatica is a condition with many possible origins and onsets.  It depends on the cause of the sciatic pain – disc bulges will shrink over time, reducing the pressure on the spine and the sciatic pathway.  This process takes approximately two years. Other forms of sciatica, such as those resulting from spinal stenosis (narrowing of the compartment of the spinal cord) will only get worse if left untreated.  Sciatica of a muscular origin such as piriformis syndrome may come and go depending on your activity levels without treatment.  Establishing the cause of your sciatica is the most important factor.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by a compression (or irritation) of your sciatic nerve.  This compression results in shooting pain and tingling that spreads from the lower back down the buttock, thigh, calf and even the foot. Sciatic pain has significant variance.  Symptoms are often described as burning, dull, nervy, shooting or aching,

What is Sciatica Pain?

Sciatica is caused by a compression (or irritation) of your sciatic nerve.  This compression results in shooting pain and tingling that spreads from the lower back down the buttock, thigh, calf and even the foot.  Common Sciatica pain sensations include:

  • Shooting/Radiating pain (felt in any or all of these areas - the thigh, calves and feet especially aggravated with movement - such as transitioning from sitting to standing).
  • Burning, tingling or other nervy sensation in the leg, originating from the low back or buttocks.
  • Numbness in the buttocks, thighs, calves or feet
  • Gluteal pain that is aggravated by sitting
What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by a compression (or irritation) of your sciatic nerve. This compression results in shooting pain and tingling that spreads from the lower back down the buttock, thigh, calf and even the foot. Sciatic pain has significant variance.  Symptoms are often described as burning, dull, nervy, shooting or aching,

Sciatica Brisbane?

Myotherapists Liza Markova and Roger Morelli at Knead Massage Brisbane provide expert sciatica pain treatments.  At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)

Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain

Sciatica Specialist Brisbane?

Myotherapists Liza Markova and Roger Morelli at Knead Massage Brisbane provide expert sciatica pain treatments.  At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)

Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain

Sciatica Treatment Brisbane?

Myotherapists Liza Markova and Roger Morelli at Knead Massage Brisbane provide expert sciatica pain treatments.  At Knead Massage Brisbane our treatments for Sciatica include:

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (to improve healing of damaged nerve tissue)
  • Electro needling (to improve nerve conduction and blood flow)
  • Nerve Glides (to help the nerve tolerate movement)
  • Myofascial release (to reduce muscle tone and help pain free movement)
  • Joint mobilisations (to reduce compressive tension)
  • Corrective Exercises and guidance on how not to aggravate your sciatica pain

Links

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/sciatica

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/sciatica

https://www.painmanagement.org.au/2014-09-11-13-34-03/2014-09-11-13-35-16/127-sciatica.html

References

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matt_Fernandez/publication/280448040_Surgery_or_physical_activity_in_the_management_of_sciatica_a_systematic_review_and_meta-analysis/links/55b7a08408ae9289a08bf8f3.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507908/

http://www.dickyricky.com/Medicine/Papers/2017_10_14%20BMJ%20Which%20pain%20medications%20are%20effective%20for%20sciatica.pdf

https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/50/4/237.short

https://www.physiotherapyjournal.com/article/S0031-9406(18)30408-5/abstract

https://journals.lww.com/acsm-csmr/Fulltext/2015/01000/Piriformis_Syndrome__A_Cause_of_Nondiscogenic.12.aspx

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4747321/

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/aca7/05975dc41be36e2e2e2c684d7af7c69c88c4.pdf

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1011134416304456

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/term.1714

Roger Morelli
Roger Morelli is a Myotherapist at Knead Massage in Brisbane CBD. He loves helping clients improve their quality of life with effective Myotherapy and corrective exercise treatments. He has a special interest in lower limb issues after experiencing a life changing car accident 20 years ago.
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