Sciatica

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Sciatica

Sciatica is essentially compression on a pinched nerve. This can lead to pain, weakness or a tingling sensation which felt from the back of the buttocks, down to the leg, calf or as far down as the feet and toes. Rather than being a condition itself, sciatica is usually a sign of a more serious problem with the spine.

The symptoms of sciatica are likely to flare up when pressure is applied from the discs onto the nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve, this runs from the lower back, down the back of each leg. When this happens, it causes damage and inflammation in the affected area. Pressure on the sciatic nerve is normally caused by a disc herniation or slipped disc.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Symptoms of sciatica can range in severity from mild, infrequent pain to constant and debilitating pain. The sensation can be felt in different ways, such as pain felt like a cramp, or a tingling feeling like pins and needles. You might find your symptoms are worse when doing certain things, like lifting, sitting, coughing or sneezing. Here are the most common symptoms:

  1. Pain radiating down the leg
  2. Burning or pins and needles sensation in the leg
  3. Pain that is made worse by otherwise normal activities (e.g. sitting, lifting, coughing or sneezing)
  4. Consistent pain on one side of the leg or buttocks

Treatments for Sciatica

The first thing we’ll need to do is find the underlying cause. Practitioners at ProBack Clinics will take your medical history, complete a thorough examination and perform physical tests. Standing x-rays may be needed to confirm the cause but occasionally we may refer for an upright MRI.

The first phase of care will be aiming to target sciatica pain relief. Our most effective therapy for disc injuries is usually Spinal Decompression, but some patients may benefit from combining their treatment with Shockwave or Laser therapy.

  1. Alleviating pressure on the nerve enables the damaged area to begin the healing process
  2. A recent study for spinal decompression reports the success rate across all patients suffering back pain, to be up to 88.9%
  3. Studies of patients suffering from chronic pain for over ten years saw a reduction in pain scores by up to 50% over a two week treatment period with spinal decompression.

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“I feel much better and fit!”

Ahmed Latif

15th February 2017

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