What is Sciatica
In the case of nerve compression/irritation, the lower lumbar nerves (where the most weight bearing joints are located) tend to be the most compromised.
Nerves are the messengers feeding the muscles so that if a nerve is irritated for any reason increased sensitivity or weakness can be reported.
Sciatica is usually the result of a disc prolapse ‘slipped disc’.
Symptoms of this condition
- Limb pain is the main or dominant pain compared to the back or neck pain.
- Spinal movements produce limb pain e.g. in lumbar nerve root pain (‘sciatica’) bending down to touch your toes causes the pain to go to the leg
- Nerve function tests e.g. power, reflex and sensory tests help identify which nerve is likely to be the one that is causing the pain
- The only situation that is considered an emergency is where a patient reports loss of sensation between the legs and around the buttocks, loss of control of the bowels/bladder is a medical emergency, but fortunately this is rare
Treatments we provide for Sciatica
- Foraminal Gapping
- Electro accupuncture
- Back support