What is Sciatica/Sciatic pain?
Sciatica refers to pain, numbness or tingling radiating down the sciatic nerve into one or both legs. The pain will follow the path of the sciatic nerve down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. Sciatica can have many different causes; disc bulges, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome to name a few.
What to do to relieve your sciatic pain
- Book an appointment – have your injury diagnosed and assessed, so you get the right treatment for your pain. The sooner you see your chiropractor the sooner you can get relief from your symptoms.
- Ice – put ice on your lower back and sacrum. Ice is best in the first 48 hours of any new injury or flare-up of an old injury. It is best to use ice until you have seen your chiropractor for a full assessment.
- Anti-inflammatories – Ask your doctor if anti-inflammatory medications or cream can help you. Relieving inflammation around the nerve will help to reduce the pain.
- Stay out of the bath – A hot bath is a bad idea. Heat will feel good at the time but will increase inflammation and make your pain and symptoms much worse.
- Stretch your back gently – gently stretch your quads, hamstring, hip flexors and glutes. Go only to the point of feeling a stretch and not to the point of pain. Click here for Stretches
- Avoid lifting – avoid doing any lifting, excessive bending and twisting until you have been assessed by the chiropractor.
- If it hurts don’t do it – listen to your body. If an activity is making you feel worse then STOP. Remember if you are painkillers they are blocking this important message. Take it easy.
Sciatica – How we can help!
Sciatica is one of the most common conditions that we treat in our clinic. After assessing what is causing your condition we offer a combination of treatments. Consisting of a mix of massage, muscle releases, stretches, dry needling, adjustments, manipulations/mobilisations, decompression/traction therapy and home exercises.