Sciatica really hurts, not just a little bit, it really, really pains.
We understand this!
If you suffer from lower back pain that extends down into your buttocks and legs so that the pain in your legs is as bad (if not worse) as your back pain, then you are potentially suffering from sciatica.
Sciatica occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes compressed. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body and it extends from your lower back (where it is positioned within your spine), to your feet. Sciatica can be acute (lasting for less than 6 weeks) or chronic (lasting for more than 6 weeks) and the pain can be at various levels depending on the cause and the extent of the pressure on your sciatic nerve.
Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting.
Burning or tingling down the leg.
Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot.
A constant pain on one side of the rear.
A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up.
It is important to get the right diagnosis so you can receive the appropriate treatment for your specific condition. Osteopaths are able to differentiate the cause by taking a detailed history followed by a thorough examination of your movements.
Common Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica can be caused by a number of different mechanisms such as a slipped disc, a number of spinal diseases or spinal injury. Basically anything that produces pressure on the sciatic nerve is a potential cause of sciatica. Older people are more at risk from developing sciatica due to increased wear in their spine. Labour intensive occupations (ie. Landscaping, nursing) can also cause higher rates of sciatica.
Osteopathic Treatment for Sciatica
Osteopathic treatment will increase your range of motion in your lower back region in order to reduce the likelihood of your sciatica reoccurring. Massage is very useful in releasing the pressure from the sciatic nerve by moving the soft tissue around it . This provides more flexibility for the surrounding structures.
We will offer you advice on how to alter your posture so that you reduce your risk of re-trapping your sciatic nerve. This could include advice on how to lift heavy objects (especially if you job or hobbies involve this activity) as well as advice on the best way to sleep, stand and sit.