Sciatica pain is pain radiating along the sciatic nerve leading down one or both legs, from the lower back (lumbar spine). It can vary in intensity from a mild ache to a sharp jolt or a burning sensation similar to an electric shock. Sciatica pain can be so severe that simple movements such as walking, bending, standing, or even just sitting can be extremely uncomfortable. Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers or those with a sedentary job and sit at a desk for long periods of time. It is frequently seen in pregnancy. The pain comes from the pressure and inflammation on the nerve.
There are multiple causes of sciatica pain:
Some symptoms include:
Most cases the symptoms of sciatica will resolve by themselves within 6-12 weeks, very rarely is permanent nerve or tissue damage a result. There are many forms of treatment including pain relief, ice packs, heat packs, warm baths, traction, posture correction, stretching,epidural injections and surgery as a last resort.
Physiotherapy plays a vital role in treating sciatica pain.The Physiotherapists' main objectives are to reduce your pain, restore your movement, strengthen weakened muscles and reduce tension.
The physiotherpist will first Diagnose the cause of your pain and then plan for your treatment. Accurate diagnosis is paramount to ensure you recover as quickly as possible. It's very important that the treatment is specific to your condition.
A treatment plan will involve a combination of techniques and can include some or all of the following:
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