Sciatica refers to pain down the leg that usually affects people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
Sciatica can be stubborn, persistent and not to mention incredibly annoying!
Sciatica is common, with around 40% of us experiencing sciatica at some point in our lives.
There are many reasons you might be experiencing sciatica, so getting an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible will help you get on the fast track to feeling better again.
Our unique approach will have you feeling better right from day one with a combination of expert assessment and effective hands-on treatment.
Sciatica can be caused from various factors, such as:
herniated lumbar disc
sciatic nerve compression
sacro-iliac joint (SIJ) issues
tightness in muscles such as the glutes, piriformis, hip flexors, lower back and hamstrings
abnormal immune response
Who we work with:
We don't work with just anyone with sciatic pain, but if you have the following symptoms there is a high chance we can help you:
You're over 30 and getting sciatica that's stopping you from doing what you love
Your leg pain gets worse when you’re sitting or driving
Sleeping is uncomfortable and you’re waking up frequently in pain
Using stairs has become an issue
You have trouble lifting or bending
You are getting sciatica while walking or running
Your lower back or hip clicks a lot (a sign of possible early arthritis)
You are struggling to get through the day at work and come home feeling exhausted
How we help you:
Stage 1: Diagnose
The involves a 1 hour Initial Assessment, involving taking a full history, movement screening and testing your current capacity. We aim to address all of the contributing factors that may be limiting your ability to get better. After your assessment, we'll formulate a personal rehabilitation plan to address your needs and you'll receive a detailed written report.
Stage 2: Treat
This stage involves a short burst of treatment designed to decrease pain and inflammation as well as prepare the hip muscles and tendons for the most important stage 3. This may involve a combination of massage, dry needling, joint mobilisation and taping over 4-6 sessions.
Stage 3: Re-Build
This stage is the most critical for the long term health of your sciatica issue. We work with you closely to build a personalised re-loading program (with videos delivered to your smartphone via our PhysiApp). This stage involves safely transitioning you back to your chosen sport or exercise you love. You will re-learn how to be lifting, squatting, bending and moving correctly to prevent this problem from reoccurring down the track.
Don't delay your treatment...
The occasional ache or pain may be nothing to worry about, but failing to pay attention to strong pain may end up causing you a lot of problems in the future. If sciatica pain is reducing your ability to take part in the activities your normally do, then it is time to get it looked at. In general, chronic sciatica pain that is affecting your life is a sign that something is wrong.
A serious problem will not correct itself, and left untreated, can result in more pain and irreversible damage.
If you think we are the right fit for you and you wish to get relief right away, use our simple online booking system to make an appointment. If you would prefer to speak to us directly, call us 1300 657
Dan O'Grady is a results driven qualified Physiotherapist and member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Dan has a special interest in treating sciatica pain. He has been working in private practice for 15 years. He is passionate about helping people to move better, feel better and get back to doing what they love.