Pain into the buttock, legs, calves and feet is often referred to as Sciatica (irritation of the Sciatic nerve). Did you know, there are many causes for pain felt in leg, not just irritation of your sciatic nerve? Our experienced and trained practitioners are able to assess, accurately identify and help manage the cause of your leg pain.

Some of the symptoms you may experience include;

  • Dull ache into the buttock, thigh, calf or foot
  • Burning or a warm sensation in the leg
  • Sharp shooting pain into the back of the thigh, calf or foot
  • Numbness over a patch of skin of the entire leg
  • Back/Hip pain
  • weakness in putting weight on the leg/foot
  • unsteady gait (difficulty walking)
  • Unable to find a comfortable position to sit, stand or lie in without pain

Possible causes for the these sciatic type symptoms include;

  • Muscle spasm, tension and trigger points (knots in your muscles)
  • Lumbar disc injury (bulge or degeneration)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal nerve compression due to muscle, disc, bone spur
  • Lumbar facet joint sprain/inflammation
  • Sacroiliac (pelvis) joint sprain/inflammation
  • Bursitis (in the hip region)
  • Postural pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis

At South Eastern Active Health, our practitioners will assess, diagnose and help manage your leg pain. By finding the cause of your pain, your practitioners will be able to use the most appropriate treatment techniques or even refer you for more investigation/scans if required. Some of the treatment techniques your practitioner may use;

  • Soft tissue massage therapy
  • Deep tissue therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Gentle joint ┬ámanipulation (only if clinically indicated and with consent of the patient)
  • Exercise and rehabilitation programs
  • Trigger point dry needle therapy