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sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates through the sciatic nerve – the nerve that runs from the spinal cord to the buttock and hips and down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Sciatic pain can range from mild to intense, and can sometimes persist for several weeks.

Causes

Sciatica isn’t a disorder in itself, but is a symptom of a problem affecting the nerve, most commonly a slipped (or herniated disk).  Another cause of sciatica is spinal stenosis –a narrowing of the nerve passages in the spine, causing the spinal discs start to become brittle, resulting in a greater likelihood disc injury. Less commonly, sciatica may also be caused by infection, injury or a tumour.

Recommended treatment

Treatment can include one or more of the following:

  • Rest
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Compression packs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Change of sleeping position
  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers
  • Steroid injections
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Surgery – if symptoms persist

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To arrange an appointment or for further information, call 020 8455 7809 or email info@igophysio.co.uk

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