Sciatica

Sciatica can seriously affect the health and quality of life of patients and a staggering 40% of people will suffer from some degree of Sciatica in their lifetime.

Chiropractic treatment always begins with a thorough history, spinal, orthopaedic and neurological examination. Diagnostic imaging investigations such as X-ray, CT, MRI and posture assessment may also be required to accurately diagnose sciatica.

Treatment of Sciatica

The Chiropractic treatment aims to reduce nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine, buttock and leg. This is achieved by using a combination of the following techniques:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Spinal mobilisations
  • Ice/Cold therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Stretching tight muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments
  • Advice in relation to how to minimise pressure and irritation of the sciatic nerve
  • Home stretching exercises

 
Although the symptoms of Sciatica normally settle much faster, this healing of the disc can take six to twelve weeks to completely heal and during that period the disc may be vulnerable to re-injury. For this reason, and to reduce the chances of a recurrence, you should follow the rehabilitation programme set by your Chiropractor. This will involve regaining normal movement in the lumbar spine and learning how to contract the muscles that support and stabilise the back.

Research has shown that specific core strength and stability exercises, can be effective in relieving back pain and restoring normal function. These back exercises are most effective where the problem is caused by poor postural habits and the pain resulting from disc problems.

Sciatica Prevention

Posture plays a major role in the development of disc related Sciatica. Prolonged sitting and bending postures, where the lumbar spine is 'flexed' increase the pressure on the discs. This can lead to disc degeneration and a Herniated disc, and should therefore be avoided. In order to avoid a recurrence of the problem it is important to take better care of back posture.

In the long term, good posture is maintained by increasing the muscular stability of the spine. This can be achieved through specific stabilising exercises.

Early intervention is the most important part in helping Sciatica sufferers achieve the best and fastest results possible. Chiropractic care is an essential ingredient in treating this debilitating injury for our patients.

 

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