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Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

It refers to pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back, down through the buttock, hamstrings and into the lower leg on both sides.

Can physiotherapy help people with sciatica?

Yes. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for sciatica with focus on pain reduction, restoring normal sensation and improving functional activities of daily living.

What are the causes of sciatica?

  • Herniated disc

  • Bony growth (osteophytes)

  • Piriformis syndrome

  • Lumbar spinal canal stenosis

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Tumour

  • Trauma

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Facet joint injuries

  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

  • Pain in the lower back or leg that becomes worse when sitting

  • Dull, aching or burning sensations, sharp and shooting pain

  • Tingling sensation in the leg

  • Muscle weakness

  • Numbness

  • Difficulty moving the leg or foot

  • A constant pain on one side of the back of the calf muscle

  • Difficulty standing up

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