Sciatica – Does Applying Ice help?

Sciatica - Does Applying Ice help?

Does ice have a role in managing sciatica? Every week in our clinic, we get patients asking if they should use ice to help sciatica. Ice is an anti-inflammatory, and in most causes of sciatica, there is always an inflammatory component. Therefore, on the face, using ice seems to make sense because it would facilitate […]

Does Sitting Cause Sciatica?

Does Sitting Cause Sciatica?

What is the big deal with sitting? Why can it cause such a problem? It seems contradictory that sitting can cause problems because it helps in relaxation and does not seem to require much from the energy systems of the body.   Generally, the main function of the intervertebral disc found in between two vertebrae […]

What Caused My Sciatica?

Sciatica is a pain that develops along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches at the lower back to either side of your hips, down to each leg. I’ve been asked this question so many times all through my 31 years of treating patients with lower back pain. Occasionally, a normal activity, […]

Sciatica: When Is Surgery Necessary?

Often times, there are numerous sciatica treatment methods that relieve leg weakness/ pain without requiring any surgical intervention. However, if the pain and weakness persist for so long, or turn out to be progressive and damaging to nerves, surgical treatment becomes a necessity. In this article, we take you through these dangers so that you […]

The Top 2 Causes of Lower Back Pain

The lower back is crucial in offering support to the upper body as well as enabling movements such as twisting and bending. Muscles within the lower back areas help in rotating and flexing the hips when you are walking. Lower back pains can vary in intensity. Some pains may be mild while other pains can […]

Low Back Pain – Are You Treating SYMPTOMS or CAUSES?

David Fitzgerald is back again with a new video focused on low back pain. While the condition is fairly common, it is really important to identify the best way of tackling the issue. Are you treating the symptoms or causes? There is, in fact, a huge difference between the causes and symptoms related to any […]

Is There a Quick Fix for Low Back Pain?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorder, at least 80% of adults suffer from lower back pain at some stage in their life (1). Lower back pains are identified as the most common disability that is related to work, and one of the leading causes of missed workdays. Symptoms of Lower Back Pain Lower […]

10 Questions to Ask Your Physiotherapist

We are back again with the latest vlog by Chartered Physiotherapist & practising clinician David Fitzgerald. As always, David uses this platform to give readers and viewers some tips and advice on a variety of different topics. Today, he will be talking about the 10 Questions you should ask your physiotherapist so, if you’re interested in […]

Why Add Home Exercises to a Care Plan?

In this week’s video, David Fitzgerald from Dublin Physiotherapy talks about something patients should know about – the importance of adding home exercises to a care plan. While most practitioners often suggest implementing a few extra exercises in their patients routine, there are also a few cases when this step seems to be neglected. Watch […]

Braces & Supports – Good or Bad Idea?

David Fitzgerald from Dublin Physiotherapy has published an all-new video in which he talks about braces and supports. As always, a very controversial topic that will divide the opinion of patients and specialists. As usual, in fact, David likes to talk about issues that are commonly dealt with in many different ways, creating interest topics […]