Does physio help sciatica?

Physiotherapists treat patients with sciatica regularly!

Sciatica is referred pain that is usually caused by the sciatic nerve trapped in the lower back.  As the sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and along the back of each leg, you may feel this pain radiate through your buttocks and down the leg. The pain can be infrequent, irritating and sometimes debilitating.  The pain can be worse when sitting for too long, and when standing up you can have difficulties moving your leg, and a shooting pain down your leg can make it hard for you to stand upright. Sciatica is not a diagnosis in itself. It is a symptom of an underlying condition or back issue.

It is important to get an accurate diagnosis for the cause of your sciatica by your physiotherapist. Based on the assessment, your physiotherapist will decide on the most appropriate treatment. There are a variety of ways to manage sciatica, from having your spine mobilised/manipulated, doing stretches and strengthening exercises, acupuncture, applying heat to relax the muscle, taking the appropriate pain medication and more.

There are a few reasons why you would suffer from sciatica:

  • Sitting and standing in a bad position can cause sciatica
  • Tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock can compress the sciatic nerve
  • Herniated disc
  • Poor bending and lifting habits
  • Spinal compression

Sciatica can be a really painful condition, however there are a number of ways to treat sciatica, and it is therefore worth giving your physiotherapist a call prior to thinking about steroid injections or surgical procedures.

Physiotherapy treatment will help you:

  • Restore movement
  • Reduce your pain
  • Strengthen weakened muscles
  • Reduce tension

If you or a loved one are suffering with sciatica, please call our friendly and professional team at Home Physio Group on 0330 335 1016 to find out how we can help and support you.

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you