Sciatica treatment, Winchester
Bradford House Chiropractic Clinic is Winchester’s fast growing centre for the effective treatment of sciatica.
Sciatica is characterised by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant. Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder—however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder.
Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral body/ies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumours, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet.
One common cause of sciatica is piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome is named after the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine, connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is susceptible to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length. Such situations can cause cramping and spasm to develop in the piriformis muscle, thereby pinching the sciatic nerve and causing inflammation and pain. Sciatic nerve compression may result in the loss of feeling (sensory loss), paralysis of a single limb or group of muscles (monoplegia) and insomnia.
Sciatica, if due to a musculoskeletal cause, can often be treated by our chiropractors at Bradford House Chiropractic Clinic. Your chiropractor will thoroughly examine the area and will advise on the best course of treatment to help the problem. This may involve manipulation, soft-tissue therapy, ultrasound or other procedures. Our chiropractors can also advise about long-term solutions to sciatic problems by providing advice about posture, ergonomics, nutrition and tailored exercise programs.
Our Chiropractors are highly qualified with years of experience in their respective fields, are Members of the British Chiropractic Association and the Royal College of Chiropractors and are fully registered with the General Chiropractic Council. Chiropractic care has been proven by research to be effective in the treatment and management of sciatica. However there are times when we find that chiropractic care is not the right approach to a problem. Due to our close working relationship with the GPs at St Clements and other local GPs and Consultant specialists, we are able to refer you quickly to the right person or team to help resolve the problem.
If you live and are suffering from sciatica in the Winchester and Hampshire areas then please contact us today on 01962 861188 to arrange a consultation.