Help for Sciatica at Inner North Physiotherapy, Thornbury

Inner North Physiotherapy provide quality care for sciatica to the local areas of Thornbury, Northcote, Westgarth, Brunswick, Preston, Coburg, Fairfield, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford, Alphington and Reservoir. Our Physiotherapists regularly treat sciatica and sciatic nerve pain sufferers have terrific results.

Sciatica is characterised by pain that starts in the lower back or buttock and travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain often varies in its’ intensity and frequency, however usually there will be a component of sharp, jabbing or “electric shock” pains that radiate into the legs. Sciatica pain is also commonly associated with burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Muscle weakness is another frequent symptom of scitica that requires careful monitoring.

Typically, sciatica is made worse by bending, lifting, sneezing and coughing.

Sciatica is a common problem for manual workers, sedentary office workers and is particularly prevalent during pregnancy.


Sciatica nerve pain is pain along the distribution of the sciatic nerve – a very large nerve that originates from the lower lumbar spine and travels through the buttock into the leg as far as the back of the knee.

Sciatic nerve symptoms can result from a number of reasons including:

* piriformis syndrome (tightness of the piriformis muscle in the buttock that compresses the sciatic nerve)
* vertebral dysfunction
* herniated disc, disc prolapse
* osteoarthritis
* poor posture – wearing high heels, prolonged sitting, poor mattress
* poor lifting technique and poor bending habits
* spinal compressions due to osteoporosis

*chronic low back pain


Since there are many disorders that can cause sciatica, your physiotherapist’s first task is to determine the exact cause of your sciatic nerve symptoms.

Physiotherapy treatment always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Special diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT, MRI and posture pro scan may also be required to accurately diagnose your sciatica.


Your Physiotherapy treatment aims to improve your symptoms  by reducing load on the nerve and improving  poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:

* Spinal mobilisations
* Massage therapy and trigger point therapy
* Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
* Ultrasound and other electrical stimulation devices
* Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve

*neural gliding/sliding techniques

*exercise advice and return to strong function

In addition to this, you will be given a series of home exercises including core stabilising which have been shown to reduce pain and prevent recurrence of pain.

If you are suffering with sciatica contact us to begin your recovery.