Sciatica and Back Pain

Sciatica is not a condition in itself but rather a symptom that can arise due to a variety of problems associated with the spine and/or pelvis.Symptoms may be constant or intermittent and increase/decrease depending on activities or time of day.

Sciatica is usually felt in one leg at a time, and can range from a dull ache to an incapacitating pain, or your could feel symptoms such asparasthaesia (pins and needles) or numbness and sometimes weakness.

If you have symptoms such as saddle anaesthesia (numbness / lack of feeling to your bottom / seat), lack of control over bladder or bowel (inability or difficulty to urinating, incontinence, constipation) or weakness in the lower extremities and loss of sensations, contact your GP immediately or go to A & E as soon as possible.

Sciatica can arise from a disc prolapse “slipped disc”, or through stenosis (narrowing) of the spinal canal or more commonly by stenosis to one of the intervertebral foramen of the lumbar spine. This narrowing of the intervertebral foremen can then put pressure onto one of the spinal nerves resulting in sciatica.

Prolapsed discs can be treated effectively, when diagnosed correctly in their early stages, with appropriate exercise and most importantly with education. Education in which exercises to do but more importantly in which positions and movements to avoid until the prolapse has been resolved. Once the prolapse has been resolved and the symptoms relieved it is then advisable to treat the underlying problem that led to the condition arising in the first place. Disc prolapses, if left untreated can lead to a disc herniation (tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc) which are much more difficult to treat and may requires surgery.
Stenosis of the spinal canal can be congenital but more usually arises through degenerative changes such as osteophyte formation (bone spurs or “lipping”) on the vertebral bodies or spondylolisthesis(the forward displacement of a vertebra,commonly the forth lumbar vertebra).
Stenosis of an intervertebral foremen causing temporary compression of a spinal nerve is probably the most common cause of sciatic pain / symptoms.

This problem can arise at almost any age through restriction of movement, to one or more facet joints, through muscle spasm. However, there will undoubtedly be other contributory factors. These factors may include poor posture. Wear and tear, which is usually a result of the natural ageing process, restriction in movement to the pelvic joints, which often cause leg length discrepancies and almost universally stiffness along the length of the spine.

It is the ability to successfully address the problem of spinal stiffness, through the use of Theraflex, that allows the BackCare Clinic to give fast and effective treatment, which has brought relief to many people who have tried other methods without success. Because surgery for spinal stenosis is usually extensive, it is best to explore these less aggressive treatment options before resorting to this.

 

Mild to moderate sciatica will usually respond well to treatment with relief from pain achieved with 3-4 visits.

Severe or persistent sciatica can also respond well to treatment. Relief from pain may take a little longer but you should see significant improvement within 3-4 treatments. If there is no improvement within this period, or pain increases with no apparent reason, it may be advisable to revere you for MRI scanning to diagnose the extent of the problem.

Sciatica can occur during pregnancy due to the altered mechanics of the pelvis and lower back as the baby grows and develops. This can usually be treated gently and safely at the BackCare Clinic using a combination of Muscle Energy Therapy (MET) and CranialSacral Therapy.

What our Clients Say…

"Very simple and non invasive treatment and haven’t had a twinge since!"

– Alice S (Age 27)

"I have been to Osteopaths and Chiropractors since the age of 19"

“I have been to Osteopaths and Chiropractors since the age of 19 with very little success. If only I had come across Nic then it would have been a different story.

Flexibility and straightness are key to my job, Decorating and Sports Dressage.

He has improved both of these more than I ever thought possible.”

– Cheryl G (Age 47)

"Pain removed after 3 visits."

“I am a 39 year old male that is on his feet all day at work, and had resigned myself to the fact that my back had clearly had its day and I was in for pain and discomfort for the rest of my life! How wrong I was.

I visited Nic 3 times, he treated me, taught me how to look after my back and how it works, it’s the best thing I have done in ages! Since seeing Nic I have not had any pain or discomfort and I actually feel 10 years younger…Read More

John H (age 39)

"At 36 my Doctor told me there was nothing more the NHS could do"

“At 36 my Doctor told me there was nothing more the NHS could do for my mobility issues and that I would just have to manage as best I could with Pain killers. I had suffered a Herniated Disc in my lower Back some six months before and had received various NHS treatments, none of which had worked. Nic at the Back Clinic gave me my life back, after only a few sessions, I could walk, bend and show dogs again, something I had been told by various people wouldn’t be possible in the future. I was actually pain free again for the first time in a year and I could do all that I wished with my life. Without Nic’s expert treatment my life would be a fraction of what it is today. Thanks for fixing me once again.”

John H (age 39)

"Finally I have found something that works!"

“Finally I have found something that works! After suffering with chronic acute exasperated back pain since I was 16, nerve damage and having two major trauma’s to my back I was in complete despair. I found myself on a large dosage of pain medications, anti inflammatory and muscle relaxers. I had lost my job and spent 4 months in bed unable to move. My massage therapist recommended to me the Back Clinic. so I thought why not give it a try. After just one session I was totally stunned at the results I not only felt but could see with my back and my posture. I can still remember to this day my utter amazement when I walked for the first time after my back had been gently manipulated. This is a miracle and I still say that today. The pain has gone, I can move more freely and I can be active again…Read More

Belinda F (age 46)

I felt I had grown a couple of inches

I am a 24 year old female Soldier and currently deployed in Afghanistan. Due to my work responsibilities I have to carry a lot of weight on my back, as you can imagine this causes a lot of stress to it. After visiting Nic in Eye I felt I had grown a couple of inches and the relief i felt afterwards was amazing. Highly recommended to anyone with back problems. Thank you.

Holly A

"I have been to Osteopaths and Chiropractors since the age of 19"

“I have been to Osteopaths and Chiropractors since the age of 19 with very little success. If only I had come across Nic then it would have been a different story.

Flexibility and straightness are key to my job, Decorating and Sports Dressage.

He has improved both of these more than I ever thought possible.”

– Cheryl G (Age 47)

As the result of a road accident

I was fortunate enough to find Nic Aldous when I moved to Suffolk. Having suffered acute neck and back pain as a result of a road accident I was desperate to find treatment to make my life bearable. How lucky was I! After only 4 sessions my movement was so much better and my pain reduced by 80%… Read More

Jackie Mason

I suffered for some time

I suffered for some time with neck and back pain which was causing me constant headaches, I now go for treatment when I feel it is needed to keep pain free.

Emma R

Nic really got me straightened out – literally!!

“After years of struggling with a lop sided posture with one hip visibly higher than the other and regular bouts of low back pain, four visits to Nic had me standing straight and tall and my back has given me no further problems. I will definitely be attending Nic’s back pain clinic for check up sessions to keep me pain free from now on.”

Lesley V

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