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Sciatica is a specific pain that originates from the sciatic nerves which each run from one side of the pelvis through the hip and buttocks and down the leg. The Sciatic nerve forms what is effectively an electrical cable to and from the brain. Sciatica is a condition where pain, weakness or altered sensation can be experienced in the buttock, hamstring, calf or foot but it stems from the spine, via the Sciatic nerve. The most common cause of Sciatica is compression of the nerve due to a herniated disc.


Common symptoms:

  • Pain along the back of the leg

  • Burning or tingling along the leg

  • Weakness or numbness

  • Constant pain on one side of the buttocks

  • Shooting pain aggravated by standing and prolonged sitting

Sciatica may be triggered by very small, normal movements like bending over to one side to pick something up, as well from suffering a trauma like falling off a ladder and landing on your back. It usually affects only one side of the pelvis and leg. Pain extending from the lower back along the back of the leg is a common symptom of sciatica.



Physiotherapy is very effective in the treatment of Sciatica. Treatment by our team of highly skilled Physiotherapists can relieve nerve root compression caused by fibrous scar tissue following a disc prolapse and can treat conditions related to compression of the sciatic nerve by other structures also.

Our Physiotherapists also aim to prevent further episodes of sciatic pain through teaching correct postural techniques, and exercises to correct any muscle imbalance in the spine.

In most cases Sciatica can be managed conservatively. Exercise prescription from a fully qualified Physiotherapist has been shown to play a key role in the successful management of this troublesome condition.

Our Expertise

Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience in the management of sciatica and lower back conditions.

Initially, our chartered physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover.

Our highly skilled Physiotherapists will provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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