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Our highly trained physiotherapists will work with you to reduce sciatic pain and recover from the causes of sciatica.

Your body consists of many bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves, all of which are at risk of degenerative wear and tear over time through the everyday activities of daily living. The back is a particularly vulnerable area. Injury caused by trauma, poor posture, poor sitting and lifting mechanics or other health conditions resulting in overall loss of strength and condition can eventually manifest as stress on the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is comprised of lower vertebral nerves and upper sacral nerves (L4-S3) and they branch together to form a large composite nerve that runs deep in the buttock under or through a muscle called the piriformis. It traverses through muscles very close to the sit bone then down the back of the leg through the hamstring area before branching into two parts at the side of the knee and down the leg and into the foot.

In other words - your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and forks into your hips, buttocks, legs and feet. Damage to any of these areas of your body can directly impact your sciatic nerve and result in the painful condition we call sciatica. The term sciatica generally refers to irritation of the nerve centrally at the low back area. This may be due to the pressure of a herniated disc. An acute herniation is generally associated with swelling in the region and this can cause extra pressure on the nerve itself. Sciatic like symptoms can also occur via impingement elsewhere such as the piriformis or under the sit bone. Generally the referred pain does not radiate down the whole leg as is does in 'sciatica' but more to the knee and rarely below. This is often referred to as pseudo sciatica. The approach to this treatment can be quite different.

If you're suffering from sciatic pain our highly trained team of physiotherapists can help you not only by assessing and treating the condition but also by providing education and self-management strategies to minimise the risk of future episodes of sciatica.

With the right approach our bodies have an amazing ability to recover from injury. Learning to move well and stay active with the right forms of exercise and by avoiding compensatory movement patterns, you can not only hasten recovery but reduce the risk of further injury often associated with reduced fitness and overall condition.

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Physiotherapy in a safe, friendly and professional environment.

At Hawker Place Physiotherapy and Pilates our team of physiotherapists and support staff aim to provide the highest standard of care for our clients in a safe, professional and friendly environment.

We remain up to date with evidence based best practice. Investing in higher knowledge in all aspects of our profession means we can deliver the best possible treatment outcomes for our clients. Located in Hawker (Belconnen) we provide Physiotherapy care to clients throughout Canberra.

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We are proudly associated with the following organisations.

Australian Physiotherapy Association Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute Sports Medicine Australia Canberra University Canberra University