Sciatica is a condition caused by the decompression of the sciatic nerve the common symptoms of which are unusual sensations which may include numbness, tingling, pins, and needles. If the sciatic nerve becomes damaged and causes pain in the knee area it is called sciatica of the knee. The pain described as being electric- shock-like can either be persistent only in the lower back or could radiate all the way down to the foot depending on the individual nerve affected. Physiotherapy clinic in Gurgaon employ treatments that aim at removing nerve pressure as well as muscle tension in the lower spine, buttocks, and legs.
During the consultation with a specialist, you will be asked about your symptoms and to perform certain tests to ascertain whether it all points to Sciatica or not. The questions would range from when the pain started, the region of the body inflicted with it to the type of pain and its severity.
You may be asked to lie down while the doctor lifts each of your legs to establish whether you have bulging or ruptured disc depending on the reaction generated in the case of a sciatic-like pain or sensation produced. This test is called the straight-leg test. Compression of nerves can cause muscle weakness which can be revealed through certain tests. For example, your doctor may ask you to walk using the different parts of your foot to figure out whether your lower body strength or balance has been affected.
2. Examination will include
You may have to undergo an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI which help in confirming a suspected diagnosis, a crucial step for an accurate diagnosis and determination of an effective treatment option subsequently. Few aspects that will be checked by your doctor are:-
- Your muscle strength and reflexes will be tested.
- Your posture and range of motion will be observed.
- Avoid sudden twisting and reaching motion.The alignment of the spine along with the curvature will be examined.
- Checking for any kind of unusual sensation and pain.
3. Tools to the rescue
Make things easier for your body and you by making use of gardening tools and accessories. Wheelbarrows and garden carts reduce the pressure of heavy objects on your back and knees and make it easier to lift the excess weight. The need for squatting down can be reduced by making use of raised, elevated beds along with garden stools and benches. These facilitate your body to not make jerky and repetitive motions and thus reducing muscle tension or strain.
4. Sciatica Treatment
Depending on the severity of the condition sciatica can either be treated surgically or non-surgically with the help of pain relievers. Oral steroids or medication may be prescribed to you to relieve and calm down nerve pain while muscle spasms that usually accompany sciatic symptoms are usually treated with heat or cold. Physical therapy and strengthening exercises are also a part of sciatica treatment and in cases of persistent pain, injections might also be included.
4. Physiotherapy to tackle sciatica of the knee
Symptoms of sciatica can be very effectively reduced and managed with physiotherapy. It is highly efficacious for knee pain treatment. A physiotherapy program that is tailored to your needs considering the severity of the condition shall be devised for you by your physiotherapist as a part of the treatment process.
You should consult a specialist immediately in case of similar symptoms. An expert opinion from a professional as early as possible will be conducive for the effective treatment and management of sciatica of the knee. Orthocure Clinics with its history of resolving musculoskeletal problems left untreated in patients for years stands as the most suitable place for the diagnosis and treatment of sciatica of the knee. Owing to the advanced techniques and technology available at Orthocure used in combination with our unique 4-point protocol ensures that the process of diagnosis, pain relief, structural correction, and recurrence prevention is systemic and methodological.