Do you suffer from sciatica?
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is referred to nerve pain that is experienced in the lower back, buttocks, legs and sometimes in the feet. This is often caused by irritation and/or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and runs from pelvis, through the hip area and buttocks and down to each leg.
60-80% of the adults in the UK will report back pain at some point in their lives.
Who is affected by sciatica?
Sciatica can affect anyone but it is more common in the 20 to 50 year age group as the discs are still wet. As we age the disc material becomes harder and is therefore less likely to bulge. However sciatica can also be as a result of osteo arthritic changes in the lumbar spine which is more common in the 40+ age-group.
How can we help?
Here at Woodside Clinic, we do a full orthopaedic examination and neurological tests to determine the cause of the impinged nerve. By doing this we are able to treat the problem effectively and cause the sciatic pain to dissipate. This in time will gradually disappear and with relevant exercises and maintenance treatments, may never come back.
Our practitioners will take a full case history and complete a full orthopaedic examination to diagnose your condition. We are specialists and therefore cater our techniques to your needs. Treatment will include specific joint or spinal mobilisation, exercise prescription and hydrotherapy.
Here at Woodside Clinic (Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard) we offer a variety of treatment choices:
Sometimes it may be necessary to combine some of the therapies in order to be more effective. Your therapist will guide you on the best possible treatment options.