Treatment for Sciatica in Kalgoorlie
Have you been experiencing back pain that moves down your leg? Sciatica is often used to describe pain that feels as though it is in the leg but is actually caused by a problem in your lower back. The sciatic nerve is the main nerve that travels from your buttock down the back of your leg. Since that pain can be felt anywhere around or along the path of this nerve it has led to this condition to be known as sciatica.
Nevertheless the source of the pain is elsewhere and is often caused by the small nerve roots that leave your spine, some of which join to form the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can cause many different symptoms. Typical ones are:
- Burning pain
- Pain that travels down the leg
- Electric shocks or tingling in the leg
- Pins and needles in the leg
These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can vary day to day. Some people also experience numbness in the leg or muscle weakness. However, sometimes sciatica symptoms can be hard to describe. Sciatica symptoms are often more intensive, distressing or annoying than pain from muscles or joints.
Some people believe that any pain travelling down the leg is sciatica, however in actuality it may not be. Leg pain can have various sources, including local leg injuries. That is why it is very important to have your leg pain properly assessed.
Our physiotherapists will examine you, paying special attention to your spine and legs. In addition to asking you if you have low back pain that spreads to the leg and calf, your physiotherapist will test you for muscle weakness, sensation deficits and altered reflexes in your leg or foot. They may also ask special questions to help determine if there might be a serious issue resulting in you experiencing leg pain.
In some instances we may send you for X-rays or arrange through your doctor for a CT or MRI scan to check for problems in the spinal vertebrae (backbones) that may be irritating or compressing your sciatic nerve. Most cases of sciatica affect the L5 or S1 nerve roots.
On a good note there are a range of treatment options available for sciatica and our healthcare professionals can find the most appropriate option for you.