Help For Sciatica in Bendigo

sciatica bendigoPhysiotherapy Centre Bendigo provides help for sciatica throughout Bendigo and the surrounding local communities.

Our Physiotherapists regularly treat sciatica and sciatic nerve pain sufferers have terrific results.

Sciatica is described as pain that begins in the lower back or buttock and moves into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain can vary in its intensity and frequency, but , typically it will have an element of sharp, jabbing or “electric shock” pains that extend into the legs. Sciatica is also frequently linked to burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness an additional symptom of sciatica that needs careful monitoring.

Typically, sciatica exasperated by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.
Sciatica is typically a problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers, pregnant women .

Causes

Sciatic nerve pain is brought on by force on the sciatic nerve – a major nerve that derives from the lower lumbar spine and goes through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.

Pressure to the Sciatic nerve can be brought on by a number of causes including :
* piriformis syndrome ( rigidity of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that squeezes the sciatic nerve)
* a poorly aligned spine , vertebral dysfunction
* disc prolapse or herniated disc
* joint problems due to osteoarthritis
* poor posture resulting from wearing high heels, lengthy periods of sitting, poor mattress
* uncontrolled lifting technique and poor bending habits
* spinal compressions due to osteoporosis

Diagnosis

Because there are numerous issues that can cause sciatica, your physiotherapists’ first job is to figure out the precise reason behind your sciatic nerve interference.
Physiotherapy treatment always starts with an in depth history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological evaluation . Specialised diagnostic imaging investigations including X-ray, CT and MRI are often necessary to effectively diagnose the reason for your sciatica.

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Treatment

As sciatica is a result of pressure on the sciatic nerve, it makes sense that treatment will require getting rid of this pressure. Your Physiotherapy treatment is designed to accomplish this by reducing nerve pressure brought on by poorly moving spinal joints in addition to reducing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg.

This is done with a combination of the following methods :
* the application of Spinal mobilisations
* Massage therapy plus trigger point therapy
* Extending tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
* Ultrasound and various electrical stimulation devices
* Advice regarding minimising pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve

Additionally , you will be offered a few home stretching techniques and asked to apply ice and heat to guide your rehabilitation .
If you are suffering with sciatica right now please do not hesitate – you attain the best results when you deal with the symptoms early…please contact us to start your treatment today!