The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and along the back of each leg. Sciatica is pain along this nerve and is a relatively common form of back pain and is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated or bulging disc.
While sciatica can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, it is rare that permanent nerve damage (tissue damage) results. Most pain is due to inflammation and will improve within a period of time. Nerve pain is caused by a combination of pressure and inflammation on the nerve root, and treatment is centred on relieving both of these conditions.
Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing. It is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy.
Physiotherapy Treatment main objectives are:
To reduce pain
Strengthen weakened muscles
If you are suffering with sciatica at the moment, please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early, simply contact Manjimup Physiotherapy today. All Covid-19 protocols in place.