Sciatica is a painful syndrome which is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.
Compression of the sciatic nerve can lead to:
- Pain in the buttock or down the leg
- Numbness, weakness and pins and needles within the leg and foot
- Decreased control of the leg
Usually only one leg is affected at a time, and the pain may be as little as a dull ache or severe pain.
What causes sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that can be compressed at various points. Most commonly structures in or around the lower back or hip joint will cause sciatica. Our osteopaths are able to investigate to see where the compression may be happening, and treat the affected area to relieve your pain.
Sciatica pain can be constant or triggered by certain activities. Our osteopaths will discuss movement strategies, posture, ergonomics and exercises that can help you get through your day.
How do we treat sciatica?
Once we have determined where the nerve is under pressure our manual therapy is directed at relieving pressure upon the nerve from muscles and/or restricted joints. Advice on how to manage inflammation will also be provided.
If you have an accident and you would like osteopathic treatment, you can come directly to the osteopathic clinic. You don’t need a doctors referral before coming to see us for treatment.
ACC helps by paying for part of the cost of each osteopathic treatment, which means you only have to pay $45 (normal price $75) for your subsidized treatment.
Please discuss with your Osteopath whether you are eligible for ACC.
We require adequate notice if you wish to change or cancel your appointment.
If less then 24 hours notice is given and we are unable to fill the appointment a $30 cancellation fee will be incurred.
No shows will be charged at full price.