Sciatica

Paul Scheepers
Paul Scheepers
10. April, 2024
Very happy,helped me with a groin issue,always on time
David Boulden
David Boulden
7. March, 2024
I would definitely recommend Thorpes,very professional and I had a quick recovery.????
Lorissa Rambridge
Lorissa Rambridge
29. February, 2024
Dear Louise and Dominic, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible support and guidance I have received during my physiotherapy journey. Louise, thank you, you prepared me for surgery to repair my ACL. I felt confident and reassured by your guidance and your support, you challenged me which really helped prepare me for my post-surgery rehab. Post surgery I was under the care of Dominic, and during our first session I uttered the words, "Am I ever going to walk again?", you gave me a clear progression pathway which helped me navigate and overcome each challenging exercise. Your knowledge and expertise reassured me and kept me determined to keep pushing forward. Exceptional professionals!!
Harry Gerngross
Harry Gerngross
13. February, 2024
Very impressed with professional advice and treatment received from Claire Richards which has improved my injury problem. Also a mention for Jane - your receptionist - who I find to be polite and helpful. I will be signing up for 3 x hydrotherapy sessions towards mid March. Thank you for your help.
Patricia Mcneilly
Patricia Mcneilly
30. January, 2024
I’ve been in extreme lower back pain.Advised by Johnathan to see Anna.To date have had an initial consultation & one session with her. She is very mindful & sensitive to the pain that I’m experiencing & appreciates how disabling it’s making my everyday life. Together we’re working on getting my problem resolved. I’m seeing her privately & still have more appointments to attend.All the Thorpes staff are very helpful, attentive & organised. Would thoroughly recommend Thorpes for any physiotherapy.
kevin young
kevin young
27. December, 2023
Very professional, friendly service. Good communication throughout.
Caroline Paxton
Caroline Paxton
24. November, 2023
Very thorough and good service. Really helped my recovery from back surgery
Lyn Parker
Lyn Parker
11. October, 2023
I’m so glad I had my appointment on 26/09/23 as you were amazing. You gave me a letter to take to A&E as I may of had CES. I did indeed. I had a spine operation on that Friday. Thank you for being so professional and looking after me.
James Clinker
James Clinker
5. October, 2023
The place was very easy to find and car parking was available. The administration was good regarding the appointments with reminder messages. My problem was soon diagnosed by the physiotherapist with a good explanation of what was going on. I was given ultrasound treatment and advice on appropriate exercises to carry out. I strongly recommend Thorpes Physiotherapy.
3d rendered illustration of the sciatic nerve

3d rendered illustration of the sciatic nerve

Sciatica is characterized by pain that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain often varies in its’ intensity and frequency, however usually there will be a component of sharp, jabbing or “electric shock” pains that radiate into the legs. Sciatica pain is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness is another frequent symptom of sciatica that requires careful monitoring.

Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.

Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy.

Causes
Sciatica nerve pain is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.

Pressure on the Sciatic nerve can result from a number of reasons including:

  • piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
  • spinal misalignments, vertebral dysfunction
  • herniated disc, disc prolapse
  • osteoarthritis
  • poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
  • poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
  • spinal compressions due to osteoporosis

Diagnosis
Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your physiotherapists’ first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve interference.

Physiotherapy treatment always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT, MRI and posture pro scan may also be required to accurately diagnose your sciatica.

Treatment
As sciatica is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve, it stands to reason that treatment involves removing this pressure. Your Physiotherapy treatment aims to achieve this by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:

  • Spinal mobilisations
  • Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
  • Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
  • Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve

In addition to this, you will be given a series of home stretching exercises and asked to apply ice and heat to help aid your recovery.

If you are suffering with sciatica at the moment please do not delay – you can achieve the best results when you address the symptoms early…please contact us to begin your care today!

Had an excellent experience of Thorpes Physiotherapy. Reception staff were very welcoming. Fainareti was wonderful. She gave me excellent practical advice, was very knowledgeable and was very kind and caring. An excellent practitioner. A great experience. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

LC January 2023

Paul Scheepers
Paul Scheepers
10. April, 2024
Very happy,helped me with a groin issue,always on time
David Boulden
David Boulden
7. March, 2024
I would definitely recommend Thorpes,very professional and I had a quick recovery.????
Lorissa Rambridge
Lorissa Rambridge
29. February, 2024
Dear Louise and Dominic, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible support and guidance I have received during my physiotherapy journey. Louise, thank you, you prepared me for surgery to repair my ACL. I felt confident and reassured by your guidance and your support, you challenged me which really helped prepare me for my post-surgery rehab. Post surgery I was under the care of Dominic, and during our first session I uttered the words, "Am I ever going to walk again?", you gave me a clear progression pathway which helped me navigate and overcome each challenging exercise. Your knowledge and expertise reassured me and kept me determined to keep pushing forward. Exceptional professionals!!
Harry Gerngross
Harry Gerngross
13. February, 2024
Very impressed with professional advice and treatment received from Claire Richards which has improved my injury problem. Also a mention for Jane - your receptionist - who I find to be polite and helpful. I will be signing up for 3 x hydrotherapy sessions towards mid March. Thank you for your help.
Patricia Mcneilly
Patricia Mcneilly
30. January, 2024
I’ve been in extreme lower back pain.Advised by Johnathan to see Anna.To date have had an initial consultation & one session with her. She is very mindful & sensitive to the pain that I’m experiencing & appreciates how disabling it’s making my everyday life. Together we’re working on getting my problem resolved. I’m seeing her privately & still have more appointments to attend.All the Thorpes staff are very helpful, attentive & organised. Would thoroughly recommend Thorpes for any physiotherapy.
kevin young
kevin young
27. December, 2023
Very professional, friendly service. Good communication throughout.
Caroline Paxton
Caroline Paxton
24. November, 2023
Very thorough and good service. Really helped my recovery from back surgery
Lyn Parker
Lyn Parker
11. October, 2023
I’m so glad I had my appointment on 26/09/23 as you were amazing. You gave me a letter to take to A&E as I may of had CES. I did indeed. I had a spine operation on that Friday. Thank you for being so professional and looking after me.
James Clinker
James Clinker
5. October, 2023
The place was very easy to find and car parking was available. The administration was good regarding the appointments with reminder messages. My problem was soon diagnosed by the physiotherapist with a good explanation of what was going on. I was given ultrasound treatment and advice on appropriate exercises to carry out. I strongly recommend Thorpes Physiotherapy.

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