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).
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Starting at the back of your pelvis and running through your buttocks and all the way down both legs, ending at the feet, the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. Sciatica refers to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic 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.
Symptoms of sciatica include pain, numbness, a tingling sensation radiating from the lower back and travelling down one of the legs to the foot and toes, and muscle weakness (in the calf muscles or the muscles that move the foot and ankle). Pain can range from mild to severe.
Treatment for sciatica
NICE (GP guidelines) recommend manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilisation or soft tissue techniques such as massage) alongside exercise as part of a treatment package for managing low back pain with sciatica.
At the Bristol Back Pain Clinic, our chiropractors and osteopaths use a range of safe and gentle treatment techniques for patients with sciatica. These include: a combination of highly specific manual techniques such as mobilisations and manipulations of stiff joints, muscles and tendons followed by a rehabilitation exercise programme and lifestyle advice to help prevent the problem reoccurring.
What our patients say
"After suffering for 7 years with terrible back/sciatic issues and seeing other chiropractors, physios and even a surgeon, Harry was able to immediately identify and eventually cure 99% of the pain I had been experiencing. Not only is he a highly professional and very thorough chiropractor he is also one of the most interesting guys you’re ever likely to meet. I would happily recommend his services to anyone suffering back pain!"
"I highly recommend the team at Bristol Back Pain Clinic to anyone who finds themselves in pain or discomfort. I had suffered with sciatica and lower back pain for years and was in severe pain when I first had a session with Harry. He was kind and sympathetic and helped me understand the causes of the pain, my treatment and how I could help minimise pain in the future. I suffer from poor posture due to intense periods of computer work , and my back pain was something I wanted to understand more and get better control of. From my sessions I feel much more mobile, flexible and aware of how I can make improvements to maintain back health. Over the past 5 or 6 years I have revisited when I can feel the symptoms returning and each time I have been amazed at the results. The whole team are extremely professional and caring."
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