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Sciatica Treatment and Management at Physioheal Physiotherapy, Gurgaon

Sciatica – Role of Physiotherapy

Sciatica is a debilitating condition characterized by radiating pain originating from the sciatic nerve, extending from the lower back or buttock down to one or both legs. However, it’s crucial to differentiate true sciatica from sciatica-like conditions. At Physioheal Physiotherapy in Gurgaon, we provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for various types of sciatica.

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Types of Sciatica

  • True Sciatica: This type directly affects the sciatic nerve, leading to radiating pain and associated symptoms.
  • Sciatica-like Conditions: These conditions mimic sciatica but are caused by factors related to the sciatic nerve or its component nerves.

Common Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatica manifests through various symptoms, often originating due to pressure on the affected nerve(s). Symptoms include:

  • Pain: Described as burning or electric shock-like sensations, often shooting down the affected leg. Aggravated by movements like bending, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Tingling and Paresthesia: Sensation similar to a leg falling asleep when crossed.
  • Numbness: Inability to feel sensations in the back or leg due to disrupted nerve signals.
  • Muscle Weakness: Difficulty in sending muscle command signals to the affected areas.
  • Urinary and Fecal Incontinence: Severe symptoms indicating compromised bladder and bowel control.

Causes of Sciatica

Numerous conditions can trigger sciatica, including:

  • Herniated disks
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Tumors, cysts, or growths
  • Conus medullas syndrome
  • Cauda equina syndrome

Diagnosing Sciatica

Effective diagnosis involves:

  • History: Identifying radiating pain patterns, leg pain severity surpassing back pain, and sensory symptoms.
  • Walking Assessment: Observation of gait changes caused by sciatica.
  • Special Tests: Red flag identification, evaluating urinary or anal issues. Tests include Lasègue’s, Bragard, and Bowstring tests.
  • Imaging: MRI for persistent pain or progressive neurological symptoms, plain films and CT scans to rule out fractures or mass effect.

Treatment and Prevention

At Physioheal Physiotherapy, we provide a range of treatments to manage sciatica:

  • Patient Education: Informative sessions on self-management techniques, hot and cold therapy, posture correction, and ergonomic practices.
  • Physical Therapy: Tailored exercises targeting core strength, lumbar flexibility, and gentle stretches. Incorporating activities like swimming and aquatherapy.
  • Alternative Therapies: Chiropractic adjustments, yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, and biofeedback for pain management.
  • Prescription Medications: Pain relievers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs for chronic pain.

Preventing Sciatica

  • Maintain Good Posture: Proper alignment while sitting, standing, lifting, and sleeping.
  • Quit Tobacco: Nicotine weakens the spine; avoid tobacco products.
  • Healthy Weight: Stay active and maintain a balanced weight for bone health.
  • Stay Active: Incorporate exercise, stretching, and strength training.
  • Fall Prevention: Clear walkways, wear fitting shoes, and use grab bars.
  • Recovery Time: Don’t ignore back pain; engage in low-impact activities during recovery.

Consult the Best Physiotherapist in Gurgaon

For expert sciatica treatment in Gurgaon, consult Dr. Divya Gaur at Physioheal Physiotherapy. Physioheal, led by the best physiotherapist Dr. Divya Gaur, stands as the premier destination for top-tier physiotherapy in Gurgaon. Our dedicated team offers personalized care and effective solutions for a wide range of conditions, ensuring lasting relief and improved well-being. As Gurgaon’s leading physiotherapy clinic, we are committed to providing exceptional care under Dr. Divya Gaur’s guidance, making your journey to a pain-free life our primary goal. Contact us at +91-9999259307, book online, or request a phone consultation. Let us guide you towards effective sciatica management for a pain-free life.

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