Chiropractic care for Sciatica

Treatment of sciatica with Chiropractic is safe and doesn’t use medications or surgery.

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Sciatica refers to pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s very important to have a full neurological examination and x-rays (if clinically justified) to determine the exact cause of the sciatic nerve pain.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you think you may be suffering from sciatica, it’s very important to have a full neurological examination and x-rays (if clinically justified) to determine the exact cause of the sciatic nerve pain.

Here, we go into the common symptoms and causes as well as potential treatment for sciatica. But, if you’re suffering, why not get in touch for a free consultation? We also provide treatment for a whole host of pain including those caused by sports injuries.

Common causes of sciatica?

One of the biggest in the body, the sciatic nerve runs from the lower part of the spine, through the buttock muscles and down the back of the leg to the sole of the foot. Sciatica is where the nerve is trapped by something in the low back or further down in the buttock. It can also be caused by pressure on the nerve root from a disc in the lower back as a result of:

  • Poor posture
  • Sedentary positions

This wears the discs causing them to bulge or, in more serious cases, prolapse (slipped disc) and herniated discs. The disc then presses on the sciatic nerve and can be extremely painful and debilitating. As the sciatic nerve passes through the buttock muscle (piriformis muscle), this can become inflamed and put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

After a thorough medical examination, the cause of the pain will be determined and we will diagnose the problem. Following this, a treatment plan will be confirmed and techniques will be highlighted to reduce pain.

How do i know if I have Sciatica?

Sciatica pain varies from a shooting pain, pins and needles, numbness or searing pain and can be experienced by:

A pain in the top of the buttock, in the back of the thigh or the whole way down the back of the leg

  • Single leg pain
  • Numbness in the leg or sole of the foot
  • Weakness in the leg, ankle or big toe
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle spasm
  • Pain when using the toilet or coughing

A limp due to the nerve not supplying the muscles properly causing patients to drag their foot or not being able to climb stairs

Treatment for Sciatica?

Usually patients find there will be one position that gives the most pain relief. Many say that sitting is worse than standing. Others feel that standing up causes the pain in the leg to worsen. Other remedies include:

  • Medications
  • Ice or heat on the affected area
  • Hot baths

However if you are still struggling with sciatica pain, we suggest treatment from a trained healthcare professional such as a Chiropractor.

How does chiropractic care help sciatica?

If you’re suffering from sciatica, you’ll be pleased to know that there are solutions. For clients with sciatica, we use specific spinal adjustments. The adjustments relieve pressure on the nerve from the disc, joint or muscle. This can promote ease of movement, proper balance and walking. Massage therapy can also reduce inflammation around the nerve, and cold therapy around the lower back will also reduce inflammation.

Each case is different and some patients take longer than others to heal. Your Chiropractor will be able to advise you on a likely prognosis and what to expect. They will also prescribe you preventative sciatica exercises to relieve pressure on the nerve. We advise that you do these at home to promote recovery.

Before your first visit, our receptionist will confirm your appointment time 24 hours beforehand and will make sure you have directions and a place to park. When you arrive, we will ask you to fill out a health history form and then you will see Dr Jeremy for a consultation. The consultation will involve a medical history, physical examination, posture assessment and X-rays if clinically necessary.

Once we have completed your initial consultation it will take 2 hours to process the results and propose a treatment plan.  The chiropractic assistant will invite you back at a time that is suitable for you either later on in the day or week. At the second visit Dr Jeremy will go over your results, show you your x-rays (if taken) and outline the plan to help achieve your goals.

The treatments don’t hurt, however following the adjustment there maybe some muscles and ligaments that will need to adapt due to your new posture. This can cause some stiffness in certain areas, this is normal and we advise you to pop an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes after your adjustment and drink plenty of water.

The cracking or popping noise when you receive an adjustment is gas being released from the joints. This is normal.

The first consultation costs £55, this is a full spinal assessment which involves muscle and nerve testing, posture analysis, orthopaedic testing and X-rays (£60)  if clinically necessary.

An adjustment is £55 if you pay as you go. However, we do have discount options available depending on what works best for you.

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Everybody is different and has different responses. We start very easy and explain everything that we will do on the first adjustment clearly before we perform it. Some people may feel looser more flexible afterwards, some people nothing after the first one and others may feel stiffer in the areas we have worked on. Each response is normal when we move the body around, it’s important to remember if the problem has been there for a while it will take more than one adjustment to respond.

This depends on the chronicity of the condition – whether it has been weeks, months or years will play a big part. The severity of the condition is also an important factor that your Chiropractor will be able to advise on. In the report the Chiropractor will outline the problem and tell you based off the examination how long it should typically take to feel better.

We understand that everyone is busy and has a life outside of West Chiropractic, but we ask you to please let us know as soon as possible if you can’t make an appointment and we will do our best to re-schedule this for you. We are very flexible and will always try to keep you on schedule.

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