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Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment in Hilton

Are you experiencing any of these Sciatica symptoms?

⛔ Pain down the leg?

⛔ Sharp, pinching, “nerve” like pain?

⛔ Numbness, tingling or pins & needles in the leg?

⛔ Difficulty finding a comfortable position when sleeping?

⛔ Difficulty getting out of bed? 

⛔ Pain with Sneezing, coughing or sudden movements?

 

Most patients suffering with Sciatica or Sciatic-like pain are in excruciating levels of pain and very uncomfortable, especially in the leg!

When it comes to Sciatica Pain relief, most patients seek out a combination of treatment options such as Pain relief options (medication, Ice/Heat therapies, home stretches) and Manual Therapy (Either Chiro, Physio, or Osteo). 

Sciatica is a common cause of Lower Back Pain

Sciatica is pressure on the Sciatic Nerve which starts in the Lower Back and runs down the back of your leg to your foot.

The Sciatic nerve is the LARGEST and LONGEST nerve in the human body!

✅ Each leg has a sciatic nerve in it. The width of the nerve where it starts at the back is as wide as a finger.

✅ Most commonly, you DO NOT need a scan (X-ray, MRI) to diagnose Sciatica – Problems such as disc bulges and arthritis show up on scans with people WITHOUT any pain also!

✅ Most Sciatica improves within a matter of weeks to months with the correct treatment and care, and doesn’t cause permanent damage!

✅ If you do start to experience pain in both legs, trouble controlling your bowel or bladder or severe weakness or numbness in your legs, then you should seek immediate medical attention.

The pressure on the Sciatic Nerve is usually caused by:

  • Disc Bulge – disc material pushes out and puts extra pressure on the Sciatic nerve.
  • Arthritis (causing a small bone called Osteophyte to block the hole where the nerve comes out)
  • Piriformis syndrome – This is a muscle in the Gluteal area – 1 in 7 people have the Sciatic nerve pass straight through the muscle instead of below it. Therefore they can be more prone to getting Sciatica symptoms.
  • Canal Stenosis – the space where the nerves run is reduced (usually by arthritis)
  • Spondylolisthesis – slippage forward of one vertebrae (spinal bone) on another, that puts pressure on the Sciatic nerve. Usually caused by arthritis or traumatic sports injury (AFL, Rugby)
At Chiro & Co. Hilton we recommend getting a Thorough History & Examination of your specific case to assess the cause. There are many things than can mimic or present very similar to Sciatica. 

With a proper Examination, you can get an accurate diagnosis which will help you receive more appropriate treatment sooner, which gives you the best chance at recovery.

So Who is at Risk of Sciatic Pain?

There are 3 Major types of People at Risk of getting Sciatica Pain

1. Sedentary (Sitting) Jobs – Office/Desk Job and Students

The lack of movement and continued pressure on the gluteal muscles (buttocks) can decrease movement in the joints of the spine & surrounding muscles.

2. Repetitive Physical Trauma

Repetitive lifting and bending (Eg. A job standing bent over a bench all day) or High Impact Sports – Eg. Repetitive tackles

3. Poor Health – Obesity & Inactive Lifestyle – This puts more strain on the structures of your body, mechanically & chemically!

What are the Best Ways to get Sciatic Pain Relief?

There are a number of different Treatment Options for Sciatica to get pain relief & decrease leg pain.

The most common treatment patients seek is a combination of Manual Therapy and Pain relief (medication, heat, ice therapies).

Manual Therapy is less invasive and is usually recommended to trial before surgery (See you Health Professional for more specific information relating to your case). 

🗣 Our Hilton Chiropractor Nicole explains her top approaches to Sciatica Pain Relief:

1. Chiropractic Adjustments (Spinal Manipulations & Mobilizations). This means getting movement into the joints and muscles, this can release pressure on the nerves which are causing the Sciatica Pain. Depending on how severe the pain is, Mobilizations provide a more gentle approach instead.

2. Soft Tissue (Muscle) Release – Surrounding the Joints & Nerves there may be tension in the Muscles close by as they protect the injured area. We can release tension by applying gentle soft tissue release (We use Hypervolt Vibration Massage and Trigger Point Work).

3. Nerve Flossing – Believe it or not, nerves don’t like to be stretched! They like to be moved back and forth (Like flossing!) It is a simple technique to use at home to decrease nerve pain. It should only be done under the care of your Health Professional after accurate assessment & diagnosis.

4. Gentle Stretches to the Gluteal Muscles.

5. Strengthening Exercises – These aim to strengthen the muscles surrounding the Lower Back/Core & Gluteal (Buttocks) areas – taking extra pressure off the joints & nerves. The strengthening exercises should be directed by your Health Professional as the exercises will be specific to what your body needs.

Dr. Nicole (Chiropractor) performing a test which assesses the movement in the Lower Back

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