Sciatica is among the most common forms of back pain experienced by thousands of people. It is characterized by the compression of the sciatic nerve (the longest and thickest nerve that runs from the lower back through your hips and buttocks down to each leg and foot). Although it only affects one side of the body, sciatica affects your quality of life. Among the most common sciatica symptoms, include:
- Shooting pain that results in difficulty standing up
- Pain that gets worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling sensation that can be felt down the leg
- Weakness and numbness that makes leg movement difficult
- Hip pain
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica nerve pain can be caused by a number of issues, including:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Long periods of sitting
- Back muscle spasm
- Poor body posture
- Poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
In some cases, some factors that cause sciatic pain are caused by serious health conditions, including:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis – A condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal
- Degenerative disc disease – An age-related condition characterized by the deterioration or break down of the spinal disc(s)
- Spondylolisthesis – A condition characterized by the slipping forward of the vertebrae over another one
- Piriformis syndrome – Caused by the compression of the piriformis muscle on the sciatic nerve
How We Can Help You
Sciatic pain can be either acute (last between 1 to 2 weeks) and chronic (pain that lasts more than 3 months). Although acute sciatica resolves itself within a few weeks, it can eventually turn into chronic sciatica, putting you at risk for frequent pain.
Not everyone with sciatica requires medical care, but if the pain becomes severe and lasts for over a month, seek sciatica treatment immediately. Understanding the difference between minor sciatica symptoms and a medical emergency can effectively prevent the risk of disability and life-threatening consequences. Fortunately, sciatica patients do not need to undergo surgical intervention to treat the pain.
Brampton Physiocare and Wellness Clinic offers safe and effective physiotherapy services for long-term sciatica relief. Our physiotherapy treatment is designed to relieve sciatic pain by strengthening and mobilizing the tissues in the lower back, pelvis, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. In addition to treating the symptoms of sciatica, we can help restore your quality of life by targeting the following:
- Improve pain-free functional movement patterns
- Alleviate pain in the lower back, buttock, and thigh
- Minimize muscle spasms
- Restore lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint functions
- Boost the flexibility and mobility of the lower body
- Promote a better environment for healing
- Treat underlying cause
We have healthcare professionals (physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists) who are specifically trained to provide personalized treatment programs to prevent pain and discomfort.
If you are struggling with the pain caused by sciatica, do not delay treatment and give Brampton Physiocare and Wellness Clinic a call at (905) 497-1311 today. We can help you achieve positive results when you address the symptoms early. Book an appointment now and we will start your personalized physiotherapy care today.