At the Bristol Back Pain Clinic, our osteopaths and chiropractors are experts in assessing,
diagnosing and treating all types of musculoskeletal conditions (problems with the joints,
ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body).
Starting at the back of your pelvis and running through your buttocks and all the way down both legs, the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. Sciatica is the term used for pain caused by irritation or compression of this nerve and due to the length of the nerve, sciatica pain can radiate from the lower back, down along the legs and calves and even into the feet and toes.
Sciatica can be caused by slipped discs or general wear and tear and in addition to pain, other symptoms of sciatica can include a burning or tingling sensation and in advanced cases numbness or weakness of the leg muscles.
Treatment for sciatica
NICE (GP guidelines) recommend manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) alongside exercise for managing low back pain with or without sciatica. At the Bristol Back Pain Clinic, the safe and gentle treatment techniques used by our chiropractors and osteopaths range from classic mobilisations and manipulations of stiff joints, muscles and tendons, to stretching and rehab exercises, cranial therapy and acupuncture for tension and pain. All treatment programmes are tailored to individual needs and following treatment, you will be given advice and rehabilitation to help prevent the problem reoccurring. If required we can also order MRI and Xrays to assist diagnosis.
Call us on 0117 9723 518 to book an appointment or for a free, no obligation chat to find out how we can help you.
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