Spinal Pain & Sciatica

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Back pain is extremely common - about four in five people are affected at some point in their lifetime. Anyone can get back pain at any age, but it is most common in people between the ages of 35 and 55, or over.

The term 'sciatica' refers to severe leg pain which is often caused by altered mechanical function at the lower lumbar discs, joints and surrounding musculature. It is also known as nerve root pain as the anatomical part of the nerve which is affected is called the root.

How is it treated?

Sciatica symptoms vary in presentation and can involve 'pins and needles' or 'numbness' but severe pain below the knee and/or in the foot is a typical presentation. The pain may be surging and is always very unpleasant, limiting function and interfering with sleep patterns.

What does treatment involve?

Your GP or pharmacist can help greatly to advise on correct use of analgesics to complement your physiotherapy. Most patients want to know how their problem occurred to ensure they avoid causing further repetition in future.

At P Bassett Physiotherapy, we offer a variety of treatments to ease symptoms and help patients avoid relapses; these include manipulation, joint mobilisation, soft tissue techniques, massage, exercise, acupuncture, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and most importantly, patient education. Different techniques are used different for reasons techniques, to stimulate circulation, help reduce swelling and aid pain relief amongst other beneficial effects. Exercise aims to increase and stabilise movement by building strength of the musculoskeletal system. Our physiotherapists can provide a programme for overall fitness or can target certain areas of the anatomy for specific reasons.

In Summary

Continue to be normally active and maintain your work as you can. A physio can arrange exercises for sciatica and also an exercise programme for you to maintain your general and back fitness as well as using other techniques such as joint mobilisations or piriformis treatment and stretches. He or she will contact your GP or consultant if there are indications for further investigation via imaging techniques such as MRI.

What next?

If you would like to benefit from one of our treatments, then we would be happy to hear from you.

You can contact us by calling our reception between 6:30am-10pm, Monday-Friday and from 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday on 01235 206777 or by using our contact form found here. We can then start to discuss a suitable treatment programme designed just for your needs. Thank you.