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  • Sciatica 16 November 2018 | View comments

  • Let’s take a look at sciatica.

     

    Sciatica is the term given to symptoms experienced from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve; it is not a diagnosis so much as a collection of symptoms; so a diagnosis will still be needed before starting treatment. The sensation of sciatica will be familiar to anyone who’s banged their “funny bone”; but located in their buttock, leg, foot and sometimes the back. Different diagnoses result in different treatment plans and different expectations for recovery, same may resolve in days, whilst others may never resolve completely.

     

    Whilst most cases resolve within a couple of weeks; for those that do become chronic, the best thing you can do to improve the prognosis, is to start treatment sooner; which is a bit of a catch 22. As a rule of thumb, if the sciatica is significantly reduced after 5-6 days, then you shouldn’t need any treatment; if it is barely improved, or still worsening, then treatment might be a good idea, even if it’s just in the form of advice on how to manage the pain at home, and prevent it coming again.

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.chiro-trust.org/back-pain/low-back-and-leg-pain-is-it-sciatica

    www.nhs.uk/conditions/sciatica/Pages/Introduction.aspx

    Sciatica

    Pain from Sciatica

    Managing low back pain and sciatica

    At Back In Action we also offer free consultations. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your free no obligation consultation.

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