Physiotherapy can be very effective for relieving sciatica pain. Your physiotherapist can also design an exercise program to strengthen and improve the mobility of your back, leaving you less vulnerable to bouts of sciatica. One of the most common causes of sciatica is a disc herniation in the lumbar spine. When the herniated disc impinges or compresses a nerve root, sciatica can occur. 90% of patients with a lumbar disc herniation improve without a medical intervention like surgery within 3-6 months.
Sciatica is a common form of leg and lower back pain in which the pain spreads along the path of the sciatic nerve, affecting generally one side of the body. The most common symptoms of this medical condition is the pain and numbness radiating down the knee. As a result, this pain can be unbearable at times and can be treated with proper medication in most of the cases. Although, people with severe Sciatica are advised for a surgery. Moreover, women are prone to Sciatica more as compared to men.
Sciatica is diagnosed based on the examination findings by your physician or physiotherapist. Imaging isn’t required in most cases. If the patient has a past medical history of disabling symptoms, osteoporosis, steroid use, unexplained fever/weight loss, tumour history, trauma and/or IV drug use imaging may be necessary.
If a patient does not have an improvement in symptoms from rest, physical therapy and medication after 3 months then an MRI may be recommended to evaluate their candidacy for surgery.