Sciatica can be a right nuisance. It can prevent you from doing what you want to do, whether that be your general daily activities, work, exercise, or sports, which can be highly frustrating.
Sciatica can come on gradually, often due to repetitive poor sitting postures at work, at home, or when driving, poor chair ergonomics, overload to your back with manual work, or even repetitive back movements during sport or activity.
Sciatica can also come on after a specific incident, such as bending over, reaching for something, or lifting a heavy object.
Sciatica is typically due to either a slipped disc in your back, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or piriformis syndrome.
A slipped disc is where the soft cushion of tissue, called a disc, which sits between the vertebrae in your lumbar spine and normally acts as a shock absorber, bulges out of place. If the slipped disc is large, then it can compress the sciatic nerve exiting your back.
A slipped disc can also be referred to as a disc herniation, a disc protrusion, a disc prolapse, or a disc bulge.
Spinal stenosis is where a narrowing occurs in a small hole where the sciatic nerve exits your spine, compressing the sciatic nerve.
Spondylolisthesis is where one of the bones in your lumbar spine slips out of position, compressing the sciatic nerve.
Piriformis syndrome is where the piriformis muscle, sitting deep in your buttock, becomes tight, tense and traps the sciatic nerve.
Any of these above factors result in the sciatic nerve being compressed, leading to sciatica, which is characterised by pins and needles, numbness, or weakness, running down one or both of your legs.
Is there anything that can be done to make my sciatica better?
You might have tried resting, stretching, hot or cold packs, taking painkillers, or seeing your GP, yet your sciatica simply won’t go away.
But rest assured, there is a solution. Physiotherapy is a safe and effective solution for sciatica. Our practitioners provide expert sciatica treatment and have helped countless amounts of people overcome their sciatica and get back to living a pain-free life.
Your therapist will first need to undertake an assessment, to effectively diagnose and help you to understand why you’re experiencing sciatica.
Your therapist will then put a comprehensive treatment plan in place to help you to overcome your sciatica and fully achieve your goals, supporting you at every step along the way.
This treatment plan will comprise an array of treatments, including expert advice, hands on therapy, and exercises to do at home, all tailored towards your specific needs.
How long is it going to take for my sciatica to get better?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick magical fix for sciatica.
A typical recovery journey for sciatica will last around 3-6 months.
If you wish to get rid of your sciatica for good, there are 8 key stepping stones that make up your recovery journey.
It’s important that each stepping stone is ticked off, to allow you to not only fully recover from your sciatica, but to prevent recurrence of your sciatica in the future.
Diagnosing your problem
Decreasing your pain and swelling
Improving your movement and flexibility
Improving your stability and control
Getting your muscles activating in the right way
Strengthening your muscles
Retraining your goal specific movements
Building resilience to prevent re-injury
For the vast majority of clients who present to us with sciatica, we find that it typically takes around 8 appointments to tick off all of these stepping stones. Some injuries require a little less, others a little more.
You might only have to tick off a few of the stepping stones, which would lead to a shorter recovery journey, but if you need to tick them all off, this will require a longer recovery journey.
How much will it cost?
Your initial appointment with us will cost £79. Each follow up treatment will cost £59.
How do I start my recovery journey?
To begin recovering from your sciatica, give us a call on 02381300260 and ask to book in for a Physiotherapy Initial Appointment.
Alternatively, you can book online, by clicking on the book now button below. On our online booking page, the appointment you need to select is the ‘Physiotherapy – Initial Appointment’.