Conditions

Sciatica and Nerve Pain

If there is any obstruction to the nervous system, for instance due to scar tissue or swelling, the tissue can get inflamed and sensitive. This can cause pain, pins and needles or numbness in the area supplied by the nerve.

Managing Nerve Pain

If there is any obstruction to the movement of the nerve, for instance due to scar tissue or swelling, the nerve tissue can get inflamed and sensitive. This can cause pain, pins and needles or numbness in the area supplied by the nerve.

Sciatica describes the symptoms of tingling, numbness, or weakness that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock, down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.


First4Therapy Advice


  • What should I do if I have Sciatica?
  • What Are the Symptoms of Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage?
  • Can First4Therapy help you?
What should I do if I have Sciatica?

Apply a cold pack locally, take over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatories (provided there are no contra-indications) and gentle activity to help it initially. Sometimes lying on the pain-free side or lying on your back with a pillow under your leg can help.

You must seek urgent medical attention if you have severe pain or pins and needles down both legs, have loss of bladder or bowel control or reduced sensation in your genital area that occurred along with the sciatica.

What Are the Symptoms of Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage?

Nerve damage can present a wide array of symptoms depending on the location and type of nerves that are affected.

Damage to motor nerves may result in:

  • Weakness

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Twitching, also known as fasciculation

  • Paralysis

Sensory nerve damage may produce the following symptoms:

  • Pain

  • Sensitivity

  • Numbness

  • Tingling or prickling

  • Burning

  • Problems with positional awareness

In some instances, people with nerve damage will have symptoms that indicate damage to two, or even three, different types of nerves. For instance, you might experience weakness and burning of your legs at the same time.

Can First4Therapy help you?

Yes. We can treat sciatic pain with electrotherapy, acupuncture and joint mobilisation as well as sciatic nerve mobilisation. A home exercise programme will be formulated for you. Posture correction and strengthening, stretching exercises as well as movement re-education maybe necessary.

In regards to other nerve pain we have the training and experience required to assess the dynamics of nerve mobility and the specific skills required to treat this complex problem with manual therapy and home exercises.



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