Sciatica/ Spinal Disc Prolapse
Sciatica is often caused by a slipped disc or also known as a prolapsed or herniated disc. Sciatica pain is usually experienced from the lower back through hips and buttocks and down the legs, which occurs along the path of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica typically only affects one side of the body.
Assessment and Diagnosis
During the initial assessment, a thorough physical examination will be performed to identify the source of sciatica, and whether it is caused by spinal, non-spinal or iatrogenic conditions.
Doing regular exercise is essential for a proper recovery. The main goals of doing targeted exercises for sciatica are improving mobility and nerve function, preventing recurring pain and providing rehabilitation for long term healing.
The type and intensity of prescribed exercises will depend on the length of time the patient has had symptoms, as well as the severity of the pain. Besides doing exercise, your physio will provide you with manual therapy treatments, such as soft tissue massages, and education on self management techniques to help you practice good posture and sitting and standing positions.
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