Wells Chiropractic and Osteopathy Centre
Sciatica - a pain in the backside!
About Sciatica - Ouch!
Being the single largest nerve in the body (about the thickness of your thumb) it is incredibly painful to have an inflamed or irritated sciatic nerve. And, the strange thing is, although the symptoms are often in your buttock or leg it is probably coming from a problem in your lower back.
As our nerves travel down the spinal cord and come out of small holes in the spine called vertebral foramen, they can get trapped or irritated. The problem is that those small holes are actually moving joints with discs and ligaments that can get damaged, compressed, twisted out of position and inflammed.
Because the sciatic nerve travels down the leg it can start to cause pain or numbness in that region. As the nerve becomes inflammed and swollen it can lead to burning or sharp pain, weakness, pins and needles, etc.
It is an incredibly debilitating condition, but the lucky thing is it can often be helped!
That is why we are offering a £10 consultation with a full examination including neurological and orthopaedic tests, posture analysis, lifestyle analysis and results appointment with a fully registered osteopath or chiropractor.
To get this offer please call us today or use the contact form to book your appointment and quote the £10 Sciatica Consultation Offer, so we can find out if we can help you.
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Common Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Compression
The most common form of leg pain from the sciatic nerve is characterised by the following symptoms:
Starts in the low back or buttock and radiates down the back of the thigh and typically into the lower leg and/or the foot
Is usually experienced as a sharp pain, as opposed to a throbbing or dull ache. Words people often use to describe sciatic nerve pain include burning, searing, sharp, or electric-like pain. However, it varies between individuals.
It is usually worse when standing or sitting still, and feels better lying down or walking.
In addition to pain, other common symptoms include pressure, numbness, tingling, or a prickling sensation that radiates down the leg. Leg or foot weakness may also be present.
Sciatica is actually a symptom, not a diagnosis. The term literally means that you have pain down the leg resulting from compression of the sciatic nerve. Conditions that can cause this include SPINE STENOSIS, PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME, DISC BULGE, ARTHRITIS, SACRO-ILIAC JOINT PROBLEMS, PINCHED NERVE.....
We are spine, joint and nervous system specialists and we aim to diagnose and treat the underlying cause as quickly as possible.
Call us today on 01749 674716 and quote the £10 Sciatica Consultation Offer.
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How is Sciatica Treated?
Osteopathy and Chiropractic has an essential role both for the acute episode as well as long term avoidance of further episodes. Your osteopath or chiropractor will diagnose sciatica by taking a full medical history and by testing your back, hips, and legs for strength, flexibility, sensation, and reflexes.
The most common type of sciatica that we encounter responds well to osteopathic and chiropractic treatment, which consists of relieving pressure and inflammation off the sciatic nerve.
Typical sciatica treatments we use include:
Gentle spinal mobilisation of the lower back.
Massage release of muscle spasm.
Traction of lumbar spine manually
Gently articulating the affected joints.
Rehabilitation and exercise.
Hot and Cold Therapy.