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Injury Time Out with Capilano Rehab: Sciatica

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

Beautiful young woman jumping on  a green meadow with a coloredSciatica is something that many people have heard of even if it is not something that they have experienced themselves.  The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain that generally presents itself as tingling, numbness or weakness, burning or sharp pain in the buttock and down the leg.  The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body.  It starts as a collection of nerve roots in your lower back that combine into one large nerve that runs from your lower back, all the way down to your foot. The pain associated with sciatica can appear all the way down the length of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica is often characterized by one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely can occur in both legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling or searing
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk

There are different causes of Sciatic Nerve pain, but some of the common causes are:

Lumbar herniated disc:  This is where the disc that maintains the space between the vertebrae leaks out to put press on the nerve root.

Degenerative disc disease:  This is a natural progression that occurs with aging.  Some people can experience multiple degenerated discs in their lumbar spine.  This degeneration can lead to small movements in the spine that can irritate the nerve root and lead to sciatic pain.

Spondylolisthesis:  Is a condition that occurs when one vertebra slips forward on the other vertebra.  When the one vertebra slips forward it can pinch the nerve and lead to sciatic pain.   

Lumbar spinal stenosis: This is another natural change that happens with aging and is common in adults over 60 years of age.  Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts an increased pressure on the nerve root.

Piriformis syndrome: The sciatic nerve can get irritated as it passes under the piriformis muscle in your buttock.  This is not a true case of sciatica, but it produces a sciatic type pain.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction:  is another sciatic type pain that is not true sciatic pain.  Irritation to your sacroiliac joint can lead to irritation to the L5 nerve that will cause a sciatic type pain. 

Spinal Decompression is one of the ways that a Capilano Rehab Physical Therapist can help your sciatic pain.  Spinal Decompression allows the normal disc space to be regained taking the pressure off of your nerve root that is causing your sciatic pain.  At Capilano Rehab our Spinal Decompression costs are very affordable. There is NO upfront pre-payment required for an entire treatment program, or for sessions you may or may not need. You only pay PER treatment! Call 780-466-1104 to book an appointment with one of our Therapists to see how we can help you wake up to pain free living!

Category: Clinic News, Healthy Living, Physiotherapy, Spinal Decompression

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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