18 Sep Is your Sciatic a pain in the Back?
The Sciatic nerve can be described as a substantially large nerve which runs from the lower back, all the way down to the legs.
The most common symptom that is commonly associated with the sciatic nerve being under pressure (impinged or compressed) is usually pain that can vary from lower back, to pretty much everywhere from lower back to the legs.
Also, you might feel pins and needles, a hot or cold sensation, tingling, stinging, or perhaps even an annoying burning sensation.
The 2 most predominant causes for sciatica nerve pain we have found at Health Place are, a herniated disk and piriformis syndrome.
Disks are like cushions between the vertebrae of our spine. These disks can get weaker as we grow older and become more susceptible to injury. The gel looking centre of a disk can push through its outer lining and press on the sciatica nerve, causing significant pain.
Alternatively, piriformis is a pretty deep muscle inside the buttocks. It runs directly over the sciatic nerve and ff the muscle is tight or in spams it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. This type of pain closely mimics the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain and is quite often very difficult to tell apart.
At Health Place, we have been lucky enough to work closely with one of the top spine surgeons in the country and also with the Leading physio in rehab and exercise post-surgery.
We started develop a taste for sciatic from treating patients and the right techniques working closely with the specialist to fast track the recovery from this often crippling pain.
It is said that regular exercise, posture maintenance and regular massage can help you avoid back injuries that may lead to sciatica.
The Cold Hard Facts
It is said 80% of Australians will suffer from lower back pain (as a result of the sciatic nerve) at least once in their lifetimes. Although, it should be noted that this data is often outdated and misinterpreted.
Instead, at Health Place, we have keep a close eye on treatments and we have found that 56% of our clients over the past 3 years have or have had pain with sciatic nerve pain on more than one occasion and it is often misdiagnosed prior to visiting us.
Nerve pain can usually be helped with thorough assessment and gentle stretching of the hamstring and lower back. Movement and motion can actually help reduce inflammation.
Does this sound like you?
While every individual is different and thus results may vary – If lower back pain is something that is bothering you, we are personally inviting you to a free 15 min massage experience where you and your therapist can discuss it in further and take the best course of action.