Sciatica is one of those spine injuries that can happen unexpectedly. Sometimes it is the result of many years of overload and a sedentary lifestyle. Sometimes it takes just one inappropriate movement to deal with stabbing back pain running down your buttocks and hip to your foot for the next few days, maybe even weeks – these are the most characteristic symptoms of sciatica.
The pain may only be in the leg, even though its epicenter is in the lumbosacral region. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, responsible mainly for the innervation of the lower extremities. Its roots extend from the lower segments of the lumbar spine (L4-S2), but it runs far down to the tips of the toes. The cause of the described injury usually turns out to be compression of the intervertebral disc (disc) on the nerve roots.
Suffering from back pain?
WHAT CAN CAUSE SCIATICA?
Sciatica can be caused by, for example, inappropriate bending, carrying a heavy object, or suddenly jumping off the spot. The pain intensifies at the slightest movement and is often so strong that it overwhelms the injured person. Other symptoms that you should look out for are abnormal sensation in the lower limb and problems with bowel movements. If you notice them at home, immediately contact your doctor or physiotherapist. You may need specialist sciatica treatment combined with physical therapy.
REHABILITATION – WHEN TO START?
You can start treating sciatica right away, even in the first, strongest phase of pain. The physical therapist will try to position your spine so that it stops compressing the nerves. For this purpose, various therapeutic techniques are used, such as manual therapy using Kaltenborn-Evjenth, McKenzie and Maitland methods, all kinds of myofascial techniques, neuromobilization and exercises to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles, as well as stretching. All exercises for sciatica should be selected for your individual case by a qualified person – which is guaranteed. You don’t have to worry, our specialists know how to help you. We will make sure you feel relieved.
Preventive measures are extremely important to avoid this type of injury. A very important element of them is properly selected physical activity. It is especially recommended to strengthen deep and core muscles. Remember that the basic principle of effective prevention is regularity! Contact us – we guarantee professional help. We will adjust our healing actions to your individual needs.