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Sciatica Treatment at our Bournemouth Clinic

Sciatica refers to pain along the path of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is generally caused by either inflammatory irritation or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Fortunately, most cases of sciatica are not serious and can usually be resolved by your Physician.

The sciatic nerve branches off nerve roots at the lower end (lumbar) of the spinal cord. The branches run from the low back through each side of the pelvis, buttocks, back of the leg, through to the foot. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve or a nerve root. A herniated disc can occur suddenly and cause acute pain or it may develop gradually.

Sciatic pain is described as sharp pins and needles, similar to an electric shock, or a dull, achy type pain, similar to that of toothache.

Your Physician will take an in-depth case history which will include questions on the exact location of your pain, types of pain, exacerbating and relieving factors, referral pattern of pain, probable causes, family history and your past medical history. A full physical examination will be made involving: postural observation, spinal palpation, soft tissue assessment, orthopaedic and neurological tests. X-rays may be taken if deemed necessary.

Once a diagnosis has been confirmed the Physician will discuss specific treatment options with you. This will most likely include a few stages involving spinal adjustments to reduce the cause of inflammation and irritation to the nervous system and allow your body to regain normal joint movement and freedom, thus alleviating the cause of your sciatic pain. Soft tissue work to the tight/weak associated musculature will be performed which will reduce tension and minimize the chance of spinal misalignment re-occurrence and further reduce your pain. Your Physician will also recommend work adaptations and/or rest and the use of ice packs to reduce inflammation. Once healing is underway heat and ice pack alternations, rehabilitation exercises involving home stretching and strengthening exercises will be prescribed to improve strength, endurance and stability.

It is important to be patient with your care as it can take weeks and sometimes months of treatment to improve and correct. Continuity of care and attending your appointments is very important as the treatments work on retraining and strengthening the muscles and ligaments that support the joints. Put simply, each visit builds on the one before.

Sciatica can be caused by other disorders beyond the scope of Chiropractic practice. If your Physician determines that treatment is required by another type of doctor then the patient will be referred to another speciality care provider. In some cases your Physician may continue to treat you and co-manage your care with the other practitioner.


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John Bradford DC MSc BSc (Hons)

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