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This is what you need to know about sciatica

July 5, 2019

Feeling a subtle (or not so subtle) pain radiating through your back and legs?

Maybe you’ve tried visiting a GP, but couldn’t explain the problem clearly enough to get a proper diagnosis.

If you’ve been experiencing lower back pain for a while, you may have sciatica.

Here are 5 signs you might have sciatica

If you’re experiencing all or any of these, click here to chat with one of our professional osteopaths.

#1. Pain on only one side of your body

#2. Sitting makes your pain worse

#3. You experience a sharp pain when trying to stand up

#4. Legs feel weaker

#5. Lying down eases your pain

Main causes for sciatica

Sciatica, just like lower back pain is a very complicated issue. Often times, there is not one single trigger that causes this to occur.

Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Being overweight. When your body is carrying more weight than it’s supposed to handle, it amplifies the negative effects of poor posture, sleeping habits, and injuries.
  • A narrowed spinal canal (lumbar spine stenosis). When this occurs, your nerves along your spine to your buttocks may be compressed.This can be a cause for your sciatica.
  • Degenerative disc disease. Through factors such as old age, repetitive movements, and injuries — the structural integrity of your discs may be damaged. This is a form of sciatica.

Common treatments for sciatica

  • Pain relief and anti inflammatory medicine. This includes aspirin, advil etc.
  • Surgery. For very extreme cases, surgery to remove parts of your lumbar disc may be removed to decrease pressure on your nerves.
  • Osteopathy. Using non-invasive and drug-free techniques such as massage, stretches, and exercises — clients are usually able to improve their condition.

However, the treatment for your sciatica may differ greatly. In order to create a plan tailored to your specific condition, visit a professional.

Do you want a professional osteopath to treat your sciatica and lower back pain?

Contact us today.

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