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What is Sciatica?

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to a back dysfunction that involves the sciatic nerve leading to radiating pain into the leg. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When the sciatic nerve is being compressed or irritated, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg. Up to 90% of people recover from sciatica without surgery.

Symptoms of Sciatica

The most common symptom of sciatica is pain extending down one leg with or without back pain. The pain usually affects only one leg and may get worse when you sit, cough, or sneeze. The leg may also feel numb, weak, or tingly at times. The symptoms of sciatica tend to appear suddenly and can last for days or weeks.

How can Physiotherapy help?

Treatment for sciatica will differ depending on the cause, but there is a broad range of treatment options available. A physiotherapist will conduct an assessment to identify the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment may include:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Stretching exercises to alleviate sciatic pain by relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Strengthening exercises: low back, abdominal, glute and hip exercises can build a strong core to support the spine
  • Aerobic Exercise

If you are suffering with Sciatica, lower back or leg pain, don’t hesitate to call Riverside Therapeutics. Our therapists will put you on the road to recovery.

To book an appointment, call 709-757-3310

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