Sciatica is distracting pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots in the lower back that give rise to the sciatic nerve or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself. The pain is felt in the lower back, bottom, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body.
It is also important to know that although the pain appears to be in the leg, the culprit is often in the lower back – so get checked out.
Slipped Disc (Herniation)
The discs between the spinal vertebrae of the lower back are often the primary cause of sciatica. The discs are composed of a spongiform ring of cartilage with a more gel-like centre. These discs cushion the spine from compressive forces, but may be damaged by rotational movements, lifting and prolonged sitting. Herniation of a disc occurs when the centre extrudes into the spinal canal, and compresses the nerve.
Each case is treated individually and thoroughly assessed to determine the most appropriate type of treatment which could include adjustments to the vertebrae, traction and muscle relaxation techniques. All of which will increase motion. The treatment is often combined with advice regarding lifting, working and exercises preventing future relapses. Why don’t you give us a call and find out what we can do for you?