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Sciatica in an umbrella term for leg pain caused by the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, all the way to the bottom of the foot. Sciatica affects roughly 10% of the population, but it is more common in those who have suffered from long term lower back pain.
Sciatica can be caused by arthritis in the lower back, a trapped nerve, a disc prolapse (otherwise known as a slipped disc or bulging disc) or simply a movement issue. Whilst this can be a difficult problem to treat, many of our patients get great results with Physiotherapy.
As Physiotherapists, we take a deep look as to why you are in pain, whether that be a movement issue or something else. Once we have found out exactly what is causing your pain, we can formulate a treatment plan to fix the problem.
Some of the techniques for sciatica treatment include:
As they are difficult to treat, treatment time-frames are hard to predict. In general, most people can expect to see good improvements within 4 weeks, with significant improvement expected at 12 weeks.
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