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Osteopathy For The Treatment of Sciatica – Sciatica Treatment – Trapped Nerve Treatment

Osteopathy For The Treatment of Sciatica – Sciatica Treatment – Trapped Nerve Treatment

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain that runs down the back or front of the leg, along the sciatic nerve. The pain usually affects only one side of the lower body at a time and often extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh, down through the leg. Occasionally the pain may also extend to the foot or toes and can cause pins and needles.

What are the symptoms of Sciatica?

  • Buttock, hamstring and/or calf pain that is worse when sitting

  • Lower back pain that is worse for coughing or sneezing

  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot

  • Burning or tingling down the leg

  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up

  • Pain may be persistent or come in spasms

What causes Sciatica?

In young and early middle-aged adults most sciatica results from inflammation or pressure from a bulging disc which can be very painful. In older people, degenerative changes to the spine due to conditions such as osteoarthritis may be responsible. Aggravating factors of sciatica include:

Without proper care, pinching of the sciatic nerve may result in months or even years of pain.

How is Sciatica diagnosed?

Your osteopath will diagnose sciatica by taking a full medical history and by doing a physical examination that may involve strength, flexibility, sensation, and reflexes. In some cases it may be necessary to get an MRI scan of your back to show whether or not there is a specific disc injury pressing on a nerve. Your osteopath will discuss this with you. X-Rays are of no help in this condition because they only show the bones and not the softer tissues that cause this sort of trouble.

How is Sciatica treated?

Osteopaths have an essential role both for the acute episode as well as long term avoidance of further episodes. The most common type of sciatica that we encounter responds well to osteopathic treatment, which consists of relieving pressure and inflammation off the sciatic nerve. Typical sciatica treatments include:

  • Gentle Spinal mobilisation of the lower lumbar spine

  • Release of muscle spasm.

  • Traction of Lumbar spine manually

  • Gently articulating the affected joints.

  • Rehabilitation exercises.

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