What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a pain, tingling, weakness, burning sensation, or numbness that starts in the lower back and radiates down the back of the leg. It can occur in both legs, however, it is also common to only run down one side. It can also be felt in the buttocks, hips, or feet.
What causes Sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by a…
- Herniated disk in the spine
- Pinched sciatica nerve
- Pressure on the sciatic nerve
- Overgrowth of bone (bone spurs)
- More rarely, a tumour present on the sciatica nerve
Therefore, sciatica is actually the result of an underlying medical problem.
What things can I do to help my Sciatica to go away?
- Pain travelling down your leg is an indicator to seek assistance. Try these things below but also see your physio (or GP) to guide you on the best path.
- Cold pack for 20 minutes several times a day
- Hot pack at a low temperature
- Stretching exercises for the lower back (Here is a link to 9 stretches to help with your sciatica… https://www.healthline.com/health/back-pain/sciatic-stretches )
- Medications (eg. ibuprofen and naproxen sodium)
- Not sitting down for too long
- Staying active (eg. core exercises and flexibility can improve back pain, or light walking, swimming, or yoga)
How can I prevent Sciatica?
Sciatica can occur from ages 30+ and is sometimes just a result of general wear and tear. However, to prevent the possibility of sciatica, you can…
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Maintain good posture. (You can visit one of our blog posts on ‘How to maintain good posture’ here… https://backtohealthphysio.com.au/posture/are-you-worried-about-your-posture/ )
- Lifting heavy objects carefully with good technique
- Engaging in core exercises
- Engaging in flexibility stretches
- Maintain regular exercise
If you are struggling with Sciatica, and are unable to control the pain, click below to book in with one of our trained professionals or give us a call at 9997 4970. We help people get rid of their pain and return to normal activities all the time.