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Sciatica

Sciatica is a term used to diagnose leg pain.  Sciatic pain occurs when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates from the lumbar spine area of the back i.e. the lower back, and continues through the buttock down the posterior aspect of the thigh, into the leg and all the way to the base of the foot. There are certain branches off the sciatic nerve which travel to other areas of the leg and feet. There are more severe cases of sciatica and some of the signs and symptoms are listed below.

Signs and Symptoms

Mild to Moderate Signs and Symptoms

Pain located at the base of the spine and radiating into the buttock.
Pain into the buttock and radiating down the thigh to the back of the knee.
Pain into the lower aspect of the leg and into the feet

Severe Signs and Symptoms

Constant pain travelling from the lower back to the foot on one leg
Constant pain radiating into the feet
Constant tingling pins and needles and numbness
Wasting of muscles in the thigh and lower leg

How can Chiropractic care and Physiotherapy help?

Chiropractic care is very efficient when reducing down the signs and symptoms of sciatica.  Chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose the origin of the sciatic nerve compliant, whether it’s taking an x-ray or just physically examining the complaint – the diagnosis is key to maximum recovery.  Chiropractors can also interpret MRI scans – therefore if you have had a scan of your back it is very important that you present it to the chiropractor on your first visit.

Physiotherapy uses specific exercise programmes to open up joint spaces in the vertebral column along with soft tissue techniques to relieve tightness in muscles affected by the sciatica. Electrotherapy may be used by the practitioners if the problem is acute, and can assist in the pain relief of the surrounding affected area.