SCIATICA:
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Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve stems from the spinal cord and runs from the lower back to the feet. We treat sciatica with joint mobilisation and where indicated with joint manipulation, and soft tissue massage to release the pressure on the sciatic nerve. We may also give you tailored advice on the best way to sit, stand and sleep, exercise and lift heavy objects.

We sometimes require X-rays, scans and other tests to make a diagnosis and on rarer occasions may refer you to a GP or a specialist for additional investigation or treatment.

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Sciatica Symptoms

  • Mild tingling, dull/sharp ache or burning sensation in lower back and leg
  • Most often, pain is only on one side, travelling down the leg below the knee
  • Sharp pain in the lower back and in one part of the leg and/or numbness in other parts e.g. pelvis, buttocks, thigh, calf or sole of the foot
  • Severe pain with the person unable to walk

N.B.: If symptoms include loss of control of bladder (urine) or bowel (stool) this is not sciatica but may involve spinal cord compression – in which case seek emergency medical attention

Sciatic Pain

Treatment at Bridge to HealthSciatic pain can be a highly debilitating condition, and one which frequently presents in an osteopathic clinic because of the recognised link with lower back and pelvic dysfunction.

Exercise Videos

We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

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Top Tips to Deal with Sciatica

  • 1.Apply ice to the painful areas in the lower back – wrap a gel pack or frozen peas in kitchen roll and apply directly onto the skin
  • 2.Keep active avoiding positions and movement triggering pain
  • 3.Avoid heavy lifting or twisting of your back
  • 4.Avoid lengthy bed rest
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