Along with low back pain, ‘sciatica’ or nerve pain is extremely common making it a condition Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness frequently treat. Sciatic pain arises from the sciatic nerve which originates in the low back and runs through the buttocks and down the back of the legs. ‘Sciatica’ can result from an injury to structures in the low back which then puts pressure on the nerve, or from any irritation to the nerve along its pathway. A nasty sharp shooting pain or deep ache down the leg is usually the result.This experience can be debilitating. At Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness we undertake a thorough examination including important physical tests to allow us to provide safe and effective treatment to reduce the symptoms of ‘sciatica’.
For rapid recovery it is important to seek advice from experts in the field. Nerve pain is complicated so your Physiotherapist may need to contact your Doctor to ensure your condition is well managed. Physiotherapy treatment will include education so that you can understand what is happening and how best to manage your problem so you get better as quickly as possible. Along with education physiotherapy may also include hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization or manipulation, dry needling, massage, taping and exercises to gently move the nerve. These techniques can reduce pressure on the nerve, improve nerve health and stop muscle spasm. Once your pain has eased we like to take it one step further and give you strategies to help reduce the risk of the injury recurring. This is likely to include a home exercise program to restore normal movement.
If you think you have ‘sciatica’ or nerve pain make an appointment as soon as possible to give yourself every chance of best recovery. Our team at Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness can help you.