Sciatica arises when the sciatic nerve, extending from the lower back through the hips and down each leg, experiences injury or pressure, resulting in pain and numbness in the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs.

Causes of Sciatica:

Sciatica is often linked to spinal issues like a herniated disk, spinal stenosis, or a bone spur, which can compress part of the sciatic nerve. Other potential causes include:

  • Repetitive strain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Prolonged sitting on hard surfaces
  • Previous injuries to the same area
  • Obesity

Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica:

Sciatica is characterized by nerve pain radiating from the lower spine to the buttock and the back of one leg. Additional indicators include:

  • Aggravation of symptoms with prolonged sitting
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the leg or foot
  • Varied pain intensity, ranging from mild achiness to severe
  • Increased pain during sneezing or coughing

Treatment of Sciatica:

Various treatment options for sciatica include:

  • Physiotherapy: Involves exercises, stretches, and retraining to alleviate pain, address dysfunctions, and restore physical capabilities.
  • Medications: Such as muscle relaxants, narcotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Steroid injections: Administered around the affected nerve root.
  • Surgery: Considered if other treatments are ineffective or if the compressed nerve leads to severe complications.

Physiotherapy for Sciatica:

Physiotherapy offers a non-invasive, drug-free approach to relieve pain and enhance strength and mobility. At Activa Clinics, physiotherapists diagnose and create personalized treatment plans, incorporating various therapies:

  • Tailored exercise and stretching programs
  • Activity modification recommendations
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Custom orthotics
  • Acupuncture
  • Aqua therapy
  • Functional braces

Prevention of Sciatica:

To reduce the risk of developing sciatica, follow these preventive measures, including:

  • Use an ergonomically designed chair at work
  • Take regular breaks
  • Avoid prolonged sitting in one position
  • Engage in regular exercise
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Sustain a healthy weight

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