19 May When Sciatica Strikes-Here’s What to Do
Here’s How to Help Yourself Initially
- If you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention from a doctor immediately: Loss of feeling in the groin region or inner thighs, bowel or bladder disturbances, profound weakness in the legs
- If the pain is intense and or keeping you from sleeping, driving, or working: speak to your GP for appropriate pain control.
- Avoid staying in one position for any length of time- avoid sitting or curling up, it will make it worse
- Try to keep moving gently throughout the day as you are able without increasing your pain
- Don’t push through pain with activity or stretches as the underlying condition may worsen with over exertion
What can Physiotherapy do for me?
We know the pain can be excruciating so this is what the physio’s will do for you;
- Assess you fully and explain your underlying diagnosis- basically tell you what’s going on
- Help you understand which activities and postures you should avoid
- Use hands on physiotherapy as needed to decrease muscle spasm and improve how your joints move
- Show you exercises to do at home to restore your movement and function
- Help you return to your usual activities as soon as we can
Please note this is general information and is not an alternative to seeking medical advice from a medical expert such as your GP or Chartered Physiotherapist.