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What is Sciatica?

What is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain associated with spinal nerves. Sciatica originates from the sciatic nerves which start around your sacrum then pass through the buttocks and into the hip and traveling down the back of the leg.

The main nerve supplying the posterior leg is the Sciatic Nerve. The muscles of the posterior leg are controlled by this nerve. It also provides sensation to the back of the upper leg, the lower leg, and the underside of the foot.

Sciatica is a condition wherein the client will report feeling tingling, numbness, pain referring into the buttock, hamstring, calf or foot. The issue, however, is coming from the spine. Compression of this nerve can cause muscle spasms, or, more commonly, a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.

What causes Sciatica?

Common causes:
  • Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle, located in the buttocks, becomes tight and or spammed and compresses the Sciatic nerve.
  • Bulged Disc, Herniated Disc, Slipped Disc. A herniated or bulging disc can push out (like squeezing the jelly out of a jelly doughnut) and compress the nerve root of the sciatic nerve causing sciatic nerve pain.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis, narrowing of the canal

A herniated disc is basically a disorder in which a part of the body protrudes abnormally through a tear or opening in an adjacent part. It can happen in several areas of the body, most common is the spinal disc nerve. A herniated spinal disc is a displaced fragment of the centre part or nucleus of the spinal disc that is pushed through a tear in the outer layer or annulus of the disc. This usually results in a lot of pain and often presents in the leg, also known as Sciatica.

Patients will often report shooting pain which is aggravated by prolonged sitting or standing, weakness or numbness, pain along posterior leg and burning or tingling in the leg or foot. You can find out more at https://www.rejuvadisc.ie/

What are My Options for the Treatment of Sciatica?

At DC Physiotherapy Clondalkin and Lucan, we’re highly experienced in treating people with Sciatica. The vast majority of Sciatic nerve pain cases are treated conservatively. Exercise rehabilitation from a Chartered Physiotherapist has been proven to play a key role in Sciatica treatment.

We aim to prevent further episodes of Sciatic pain through education and address any muscle imbalances in the core muscles.

At DC Physiotherapy, we’re experts in treating Sciatica. It’s a common condition, however, it needs specific treatment interventions for the best possible outcome.

Non-surgical spinal decompression: this is a form of conservative treatment for Sciatica. This system is able to treat mild to moderate herniated spinal discs which involves the usage of our non-surgical spinal decompression systems, followed by a core-strengthening rehabilitation combined with Physiotherapy. Advanced cases of herniated spinal discs are treated effectively with Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, in conjunction with core stabilization and Physiotherapy. Find out more at https://www.rejuvadisc.ie/

How does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Help?

Spinal Decompression slowly stretches the vertebral discs in the spine which decompresses the spine. This creates negative pressure in the centre of the disc. A vacuum is created by this reversal of pressure which helps to reposition extruded disc material back into the centre of the disc, resulting in pressure being removed from pinched nerves.