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Sciatica

Wellness Osteo will identify the cause of your sciatica and tailor a plan to decrease pain and improve movement.

Osteopathic treatment for sciatica

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Sciatica refers to any condition that causes irritation of the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that supplies the leg with all its sensory and motor information.

Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve can result in a variety of symptoms, including:

 

  • Intense pain in the lower back, buttocks, and leg
  • Numbness or altered sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble walking
  • Local swelling
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How does osteopathic treatment for sciatica work?

In terms of treating sciatica, it all depends on what is causing that sciatic nerve irritation. Causes include:

  • Spinal canal narrowing
  • Disc herniation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Trauma

 

At Wellness Osteo we start by taking a thorough history of your condition, when or how it occurred and what it is limiting you from doing. We like to understand the effect it currently has on your life as we use these to set goals for your rehabilitation program.

 

Once we understand your current sciatica symptoms, we aim to identify the cause of your pain, as this will dictate the most effective way to approach treatment. Your physical examination may include:

  • Postural assessment
  • Functional tests
  • Neurological test
  • Range of motion screening

 

When required we are also able to refer you for further investigations or scans to ensure that it is safe to proceed with treatment or if you may require specialist consultation.

 

We then take a tailored treatment approach that addresses not only the cause of your pain but also the predisposing or maintaining factors to sciatica.

This often involves a combination of manual therapy techniques, patient education, and rehabilitation exercises to assist in decreasing pain and improving movement.

 

Manual therapy techniques, which can aid in symptomatic relief, including

  • Soft tissue massage and taping to address local inflammation
  • Dry needling for decreasing pain
  • Joint mobilisation for increasing range of motion

 

In addition to manual therapy, understanding what is causing your pain makes a huge difference in how to manage it, and this is where ongoing patient education is so important. We will review your current daily activities and offer advice on what you could alter or avoid to reduce aggravating your condition and how to address any flare-ups along the way.

 

The final component is rehabilitation, getting you moving and keeping you strong, with a focus on returning to what is most important to you (football, playing with the kids, getting back to work). We use a video-based app to program a rehabilitation plan just for you, this gives you the tools to manage your pain between treatments and progress your rehab at your own pace.

 

This multifaceted, holistic approach is what makes Wellness Osteo an ideal choice for managing your sciatica