.What is Sciatica?
At Bendigo Osteo sciatica is a common condition that people present with at the clinic.
The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that starts in the spinal cord of the lower lumbar spine (lower back) and travels through the buttocks and down into your thigh and leg.
So then true ‘sciatica’ is the irritation of, or pressure on, this nerve. There are a number of reasons you may be experiencing sciatica. It can be due to a prolapsed, bulging or slipped disc in the lumbar spine. It can be caused by swelling around the nerve from a sprain or injury to the lower back or bony spurs due to joint degeneration or arthritis. Muscle spasms in the lower back or muscle tension in the piriformis muscle, which is a muscle in the middle of your buttocks, can also result in sciatica.
There are a range of risks factors that may contribute to sciatica too. This includes the later stages of pregnancy or general weight gain. Performing heavy lifting or twisting. Vehicle accidents. Prolonged sitting. And aging and or some chronic diseases such as diabetes that affects the nerves.
Symptoms of Sciatica:
Symptoms can vary, however typically they include:
- Either a deep ache or sudden shooting pain experienced in the; lower back, gluteal (buttock), back of the thigh and leg, and or even into your heel and foot.
- A burning pain or sensation. Along with pins and needles, numbness or tingling along the nerve pathway.
- A feeling of weakness in the whole leg and foot.
- Pain is worse with prolonged sitting or standing, when coughing or sneezing or by bending or any twisting of the back.
- Generally, only one side of the body is affected.
How can Bendigo Osteo help with Sciatica?
At Bendigo Osteo we regularly treat people suffering sciatica. Our Osteopaths will work towards determining the cause of your sciatica by taking a case history and preforming an physical assessment. Then provide osteopathic treatment to counteract the strain in the soft tissues – muscles, tendons, ligaments that are contributing to the sciatica. The aim is to take the pressure off the sciatic nerve, and the irritated underlying lumbar discs, joints and local inflammation. Treatment can involve massage, stretching, dry needling, lymphatic drainage, counter strain, manipulation, articulation or cranial treatment. It will also likely include advise on posture, rest, altering your movement patterns and any home rehabilitation exercises or stretches.
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