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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    My husband is suffering a lot of pain from his buttock to his calf

    Is it best for him to go to a physio or a chiropractor?
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  • Josephine Perry

    Bowen Therapist

    Josephine is a fully qualified Bowen Therapist, with full insurance cover and Association membership. Rebates provided by most health funds, according to levels of cover.Practice … View Profile

    A Bowen Therapist will be able to treat the affected area with gentle moves over muscles or groups of muscles.  Relief should be obtained within three sessions of treatment.

  • Joel Laing


    I am a McKenzie Method specialised physiotherapist, with a Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. Using the McKenzie Method I predominantly treat low back and … View Profile

    The most likely cause is nerve pain caused by a disc bulge.
    See a mckenzie specialised therapist as they are specialised in mechanical diagnosis and therapy and can quickly teach him to relieve his own pain, identify why he got it and teach him to prevent it recurring. and select a therapist close to you

  • Sandra McFaul


    Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain or neck pain? Based in SYDNEY, Sandra is 1 of ONLY 15 Physiotherapists in Australia with ADVANCED … View Profile

    SEE a PHYSIO but one who specializes in the MCKENZIE METHOD of physiotherapy. As Joel mentioned above, we specialise in helping people with back pain and teach people how to stop the pain from coming back. GOOGLE the MCKENZIE METHOD to find out more and find someone who is TRAINED in this METHOD.

  • Lisa Potocnik

    Massage Therapist

    Hi I'm Lisa, I want to help people live without muscular pain and tension and educate them how to do so. Have you ever felt like … View Profile

    You could also try a Remedial Massage from a qualified therapist to release the Glute (bottom) muscles and piriformis which may be impinging the sciatic nerve.

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    Dr Daryl Ansell


    This is a very common finding and may stem from varying underlying problems mainly disc herniation, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica or intervertebral foraminal encroachment by bony growths like arthritis. All these issues need to be examined by a professional.

    In this case if the pain in located in the buttock to the calf but not below the knee it is most likely to be sacro-iliac joint dysfuction and is quickly resolved with spinal manipulative therapy as this is the referral pattern of such a problem.

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    Michael Pasqualin

    Exercise Scientist, Physiotherapist

    Michael Pasqualin has been a qualified Physiotherapist since 2011, completing his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney with an undergraduate degree in Exercise … View Profile

    A Physiotherapist will be able to effectively treat your husbands buttock and leg pain. As previously stated it could be a result of a lumbar spine pathology but also and irritation further down in the buttock where a collection of nerves exit as one (Sciatic Nerve) and is irritated by the Piriformis muscle causing Piriformis Syndrome. Usually the Sciatic Nerve exits beneath this muscle which can cause an irritation if the muscle is tight or inflammed and hence referring leg pain. It has also been found that this nerve can actually be surrounded by the Piriformis muscle and result in a higher chance of pain once the muscle becomes tight.

    Once the lumbar spine pathology and/or tightness of the piriformis and glute muscles eases, a good core activation and strengthening program would be beneficial to reduce the chance of reoccurance in the future.

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    Clare Singleton


    As previously mentioned it is very important for your husband to be fully assessed.  From your description it appears your husband may have nerve impingement.  This may originate from his hip or his lower back.  Once assessed then treatment can be directed to the cause of the issue.

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