Birmingham’s New Approach to
Sciatica – you don’t always need a chiropractor
Do You Have Sciatica?
Sciatica is a very common complaint and it is staggering how long people put up with the niggling pain before doing something about it– but that’s quite typical of us isn’t it, we don’t want to bother the doctor with something as trivial as intense sciatic pain or how to relieve it.
Sciatica is not actually a diagnosis of a specific cause but a term to describe a set of symptoms, including pain, that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of 5 nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself. There is typically lower back pain, pain in the buttocks and leg pain on all or part of the leg and foot. In more severe cases there may be numbness, muscular weakness and difficulty controlling the movement of the affected leg.
Sciatic pain if often inconsistent, coming and going at different times of the day and week, but this doesn’t mean the pain will just go away. Although in severe cases it can severely limit movement often it is just irritating and uncomfortable. JT Ethos offers a range of services involving food regimes (not diets), corrective exercises, strength and conditioning exercises, personal training and sports massages all to help you with your symptoms.
Causes: The causes of sciatica (i.e. the compression/irritation of the sciatic nerve) are numerous and include, but are not limited to, spinal disc herniation (slipped, bulging or prolapsed disc), spinal stenosis (closure of the spaces through which the spinal cord and nerve roots pass), piriformis syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, tumours, infections and pregnancy.
Identification & Treatment: Because the causes of sciatica are so varied, the identification and treatment need to be specific to you. To fully understand and therefore correctly treat sciatica you must be thoroughly assessed. One of the main functions of the assessment is to rule out any ‘red flags’. These are a group of features which highlight the need to act more quickly, because they may suggest a problem which is not as straightforward as simple back pain or sciatica.
Another main function of your assessment is to establish the underlying cause of the sciatica. Once the true underlying cause has been established, we can then draw up a rehabilitation program will be able to deliver you long-term relief rather than purely treating the superficial symptoms.**
Treatment of sciatica will focus on removing the compression or irritation of your nerve at the appropriate point to give sciatic relief and reduce back spasms. This can normally be done by simple stretches and exercises as part of a corrective exercise rehabilitation program which has the added benefit of allowing you to remain active whilst conquering this most unnecessary of ailments.
For more information on how exercise can help with sciatica, how about reading our article on the topic?
** Disclaimer: Results may vary from one person to another.
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Sciatica really is an unnecessary back pain. True understanding of your situation, the anatomy involved, the real cause and the required steps to address your sciatic pain will really help you to do what is needed to achieve real results.
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“It has been good to work with someone with a friendly positive attitude to improving my situation. Being able to do the exercise program in my own time but knowing that help is available when I need it by phone or email has been very helpful. The regular re-assessments and well targeted exercises have proved really effective and created a marked improvement in both appearance and strength.”
CB, 14, Working Hard to Avoid Major Surgery** Disclaimer: Results may vary from one person to another.