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What is sciatica?



Sciatica or sciatic pain is the name given to any sort of pain caused by irritation, such as pressure or pinching, of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. When the sciatic nerve is irritated, it can cause pain, numbness a tingling sensations. These sensations are felt down one of your legs to your foot and toes.

What causes sciatica?

There are a number of issues that can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back. These include:

  • Narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped discs
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasms

There are other factors that may aggravate your pain. These include being overweight, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft. Other conditions that may contribute include piriformis syndrome.

How to treat sciatica

There are some basic home exercises you can carry out everyday that your physiotherapist can demonstrate to you. Like so many other conditions the most effective treatment derives from following a number of steps:

  • Pain relief
  • Restoration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prevention (of recurrence)
Sciatic treatment

Sciatic treatment

Treatment can include a combination of the following:

  • How to find us

    We are located just outside the town centre at Ebley Wharf, on the ground floor of the Stroud District Council building. Follow the A419 to the Cainscross roundabout and then take Westward Road (B4008). Turn left to Ebley Wharf.

  • Opening times

    Monday to Friday
    8.30am – 7.30pm

    8.30am – 12.30pm

  • Stroud Clinic

    Ebley Mill
    Ebley Wharf
    Stroud Glos
    GL5 4UB

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk

  • Gloucester Clinic

    Riverside Sports & Leisure Club
    St Oswald’s Road
    GL1 2TF

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk

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