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What is Sciatica?
What is the Sciatic Nerve?
There are a number of ways Sciatica can originate:
Pain in the back of the leg Burning or tingling down the leg Leg or foot weakness Leg or foot Numbness Pain on one side of calf Pain can vary between dull, aching, sharp, shooting and burning
A thorough Physiotherapy history and assessment should be able to find the most probable source of the nerve irritation. Following this a variety of techniques such as exercise, electrical modalities, or dry needling can be used to reduce the pressure on the nerve. Once pain relief has been achieved then further exercises are aimed at restoring flexibility and strength A small portion of sciatic cases will not respond to conservative treatment and may require surgery.
Joe took time assessing my injury and how it has impacted my life. That is one of the things that makes Joe such a wonderful physiotherapist, is that he has the skills – and takes the time – to diagnosis his patient’s injury.
–Jen K, Victoria