What we treat

Sciatica

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot. Common causes of sciatica include a slipped disc, piriformis syndrome or pressure on the nerve from osteoarthritic changes.

Piriformis syndrome can be treated with stretching and strengthening techniques to the hip rotator muscles alongside deep tissue massage.

In the presence of an acute disc injury causing sciatica it is advisable to stay active and your physiotherapist can advise on gentle exercises to carry out in the acute stages; using compression cold packs is also advisable. In the chronic stages further exercises are recommended.