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Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that comes from
the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of
the knee and to the foot.

With Sciatica symptoms people usually feel pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs.
Commonly pain and numbness are located at the calf, foot, or back of the thigh. This is
usually preceded for a few weeks by lower back pain. Eventually the leg pain becomes
worse than the back pain. Pain can either be dull and aching or can be a shooting pain
down the leg all the way to the toes. This pain can last for several days or weeks or it can
subside for even a few hours. However, someone who has had sciatica for a long period of
time will find that the pain localizes in the buttock and thigh. In severe cases it can damage
nerves and reflexes or cause the calf muscle to deteriorate.

Treatment of Sciatica

As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment
involves removing this pressure. Canton Beach Road Physiotherapy can help with
Physiotherapy treatment that aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by
poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock
and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:

Spinal mobilisations
Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
Dry needling
Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve

In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked
to apply heat to help aid your recovery. If you are suffering with sciatica at the moment
please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms

Please call your Physiotherapist at Canton Beach Road Physiotherapy on 02 4396 5686 or
visit our clinic at 20 Canton Beach Road in Toukley for more info.