What is sciatica?

Sciatic nerve pain – sciatica – is a particular type of pain experienced when the sciatic nerve is compressed, either by an injury or due to inflammation nearby.

Sciatica is actually a symptom, rather than a condition. It’s a sign – similar to a fire alarm – letting you know that there is an injury somewhere in your back.

Sciatica is actually a symptom, rather than a condition.

It’s a sign – similar to a fire alarm – letting you know that there is an injury somewhere in your back.

The sciatic nerve is one of the body’s major nerves and consists of four branches, which link with the spine in several places. Even everyday sitting compresses the sciatic nerve to a degree, so it’s no wonder that this is one of the most common back ailments in the UK.

What does sciatica pain feel like?

Sciatica symptoms are very specific: they involve spasms of pain shooting from the lower back or buttocks area down one leg, sometimes as far as the foot. This can be very painful and is often immobilising. Depending on the individual, and the severity of the condition, sciatica symptoms in hip joints can present, as well as the more recognisable sciatica leg pain.

Do I have sciatica?

How can a chiropractor help me?

Chiropractors are very experienced in sciatica treatment. At the London Wellness centre, we will first identify which branch of the sciatic nerve is causing the problem. This will then tell us whereabouts along the spine we need to focus our treatment to give our clients that suffer from sciatica relief from debilitating pain. During treatment we will investigate how the muscle became tight, thus causing the sciatic nerve pain. It could be due to a fall, your sitting position or your bones may be out of alignment. Understanding the root cause will help us to treat you to reduce the chance of recurrence in addition to providing immediate sciatica relief.

Sciatica treatment at the London Wellness Centre may include:

How to treat sciatica

If you are suffering with sciatic nerve pain, get in touch with us at the London Wellness Centre and we’ll book you an appointment. We understand that, for sufferers of sciatica relief of pain is essential to continuing a normal, active lifestyle. We’ll start by easing your pain and then work with you to help prevent further pain through treatment to maintain your condition and lifestyle advice to avoid it recurring.

A few facts about sciatic pain

sciatic pain what is it?

Used to describe any pain from your lower back or buttocks that travels down your leg

sciatica & sciatic pain

Sciatic nerve is the largest and longest peripheral nerve in the body, originating from the spine, through the buttock & down the back of the leg to the foot

piriformis syndrome

It can often be entrapped and split in part by the piriformis muscle, causing nerve pain

cross legged back pain

If the leg is often kept in external rotation (sitting cross legged for example) the sciatic nerve can get impinged by the greater trochanter and the ischial tuberosity

sciatic nerve hamstring

The third place that the sciatic nerve can be impinged is the long head of biceps femoris (part of the hamstring group)

numbness in thigh

If your thigh is going numb, don’t blame the sciatic nerve; this is more typical of a radiculopathy

numbness in thigh

Numbness in your lower leg is most likely to be from the sciatic nerve

sciatica affects 1 side of the body

Sciatica usually only affects one side of the body

sciatic pain in foot

If your pain is radiating on the side of your hip and thigh, spiralling to the top of your foot, ensure you’re cleared for a L4/5 radiculopathy due to disc herniation

30-50 years old sciatica

Sciatica is most frequent in those aged 30-50 but can happen at any age

sciatica in my foot

If radiating pain is towards the back of the thigh and ending on the side of the leg and/or side of the foot, then check for a L5/S1 radiculopathy due to disc herniation

If you would like more information about our treatments or want to find out how we may be able to help you with a specific problem please call us on 020 7531 4444