Who gets Low Back Pain and Sciatica?
Low back pain and sciatica symptoms are common throughout the population with prevalence in the UK thought to be as high as 40%. Sciatica can affect people of any age but is more common in individuals aged between 35 and 65.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is the name of any symptoms caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the 4th and 5th vertebrae of the lumbar spine (lower back) through your pelvis and buttocks, down the back of both legs and terminates at your feet.
What causes my Sciatica?
There are numerous possible causes of sciatica. The majority of cases are caused by a herniated or ‘slipped’ disc at the base of the lumbar spine that compress the sciatic nerve however there are a variety of conditions so it should be checked out by a health professional. A health professional such an osteopath would be able to determine the cause and undertake the correct treatment and rehabilitation plan.
What symptoms would I get with Sciatica?
When compression of the sciatic nerve occurs it can cause a number of symptoms radiating from your lower back into your legs, including pain, numbness and tingling. The level of pain experienced varies depending upon the individual but can range from mild to excruciating. Mild sciatica can ease naturally, however if symptoms are persistent or severe you should seek medical advice.
When should I seek urgent medical advice with Sciatica?
You should seek emergency medical attention if you experience loss of feeling between your legs and around your buttocks (saddle anaesthesia) or if you lose control of your bowel or bladder function. Although this is rare it can be a sign of a serious medical condition called Cauda Equina Syndrome.
How can Low Back Pain and Sciatica be treated?
The NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines suggest a course of manual therapy including spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation and soft tissue massage for the treatment and management of low back pain. Mobilisation, massage and spinal manipulation can be performed by osteopaths, as well as by doctors and physiotherapists who have undergone specialist postgraduate training in manipulation.
How to get in Touch?
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