What is Sciatica?
How Did I Get Sciatica?
As stated above, sciatica is a symptom that can have its root cause in several different injuries or pathologies. It can be caused by an acute injury or trauma to the lower back, repetitive movements, lifting with improper posture, prolonged sitting, weakness in certain muscles, arthritis and degenerative changes to the spinal bones.
Symptoms of sciatica may include, but are not limited to:
- Pins and needles
- Sensations of “electric shocks.”
How is Sciatica Diagnosed?
Sciatica can be easily diagnosed by a physiotherapist, physician or other qualified healthcare provider. As it is a symptom of an underlying problem, it is imperative that you receive a comprehensive assessment so that the root cause can be treated appropriately. You do not need an MRI to start treatment and in many cases an MRI will not provide any extra information or change your course of treatment.
Treatment Options for Sciatica:
As stated previously, treating sciatica depends on accurate diagnosis of the underlying root cause. Once diagnosed most causes will respond well to a combination of physiotherapy treatment to include:
- Joint mobilizations
- Spinal traction
- Soft tissue massage of tight musculature
- Core stability exercises
- Stretching of tight muscles and/or joints
- Modalities to decrease muscle tone and pain.
The team of therapists at EPA have all completed post-graduate courses in assessment and treatment of orthopeadic injuries. We are excited to help you on your pathway to improved health. To get started, click HERE to book your initial assessment or call us at a clinic near you.
Is surgery an option?
Spinal surgery is always a last resort. If your pain is predominantly in your legs and an MRI has shown a significant lesion, such as a herniated disc, pinching the nerve, then spinal surgery may be an option. Before exploring any potential surgical options though, the surgeons in Ontario will always recommend a course of at least 8 weeks of rehabilitation such as physiotherapy. Our team is here to help so if you are ready to get started call us today.