30 Oct Physiotherapy For Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the spinal cord and extends through the in low back and down the lower limb.
The pain is typically felt from the low back to behind the thigh and radiates down below the knee.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
- Pain in the hip
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- Constant pain on one side of the rear
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
What are the causes of sciatica?
Sciatica is mostly caused by lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve but any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can produce the symptoms of sciatica. The other causes of sciatica are irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections in or around the lumbar spine, injury, and other causes. Sometimes sciatica can occur because of irritation of the sciatic nerve during pregnancy.
Pain may be made worse by prolonged sitting, standing up, coughing, sneezing, twisting, lifting, or straining. Treatment for sciatic pain ranges from hot and cold packs and medications to exercises and complementary and alternative remedies.
Sciatica pain may make it challenging to be active but bed rest is not recommended as a core treatment. To manage sciatica pain, you may find that certain positions and activities are more comfortable than others.
Physiotherapy for Sciatica
If the symptoms are not severe but continue for a past couple of weeks, doctor may recommend physiotherapy for sciatica. A physiotherapist can help you to determine whether sciatica can be relieved through conservative methods such as chiropractic adjustments, static stretching, and cold therapy. Most people respond well to simple techniques and are pain-free within a matter of weeks. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy may help improve the alignment of your spine and address other underlying conditions while also improving blood circulation and muscle relaxation. Physiotherapy for sciatica is mainly helpful for managing pain and increasing range of motion by increasing muscle strength
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