Sciatic pain can be very unpleasant, and it can be difficult to know who or what can help. You are in safe, experienced hands while seeing our chiropractor for sciatica.
Why see a Chiropractor for Sciatica
Our experienced Doctors of Chiropractic Philippa and Hannah are fully qualified primary healthcare practitioners. Chiropractors specialise in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions of the spine. Chiropractors are highly trained to find the cause of pain in the spine. In the UK they receive a minimum of four years’ full-time training. Importantly, chiropractors are regulated by law. As a patient, you will receive effective, evidence-based care from our chiropractor.
First of all, you will receive a full examination when seeing our chiropractor for sciatica. This will involve taking details about your condition, current health and medical history, and also performing a physical examination. The physical examination includes tests to assess your joint, nerve and muscle function, assess for disc injuries and more. In addition it may be necessary to refer you for other tests, such as X-rays, MRI scans or blood tests depending on your complaint. After the examination, your chiropractor will advise you what your diagnosis is. You will together create a plan of care based on your needs, and your chiropractor will also advise what outcome you can expect from treatment.
What is sciatica?
The name “sciatica” describes pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, down both legs to finally end at your feet. Sciatic pain is usually felt in the buttocks and legs. Irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve can cause:
- A tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes
- Weakness in the calf muscles or the muscles that move the foot and ankle
It is important that you have your back properly assessed by a suitably qualified practitioner. This is to ensure that you are being treated under the correct diagnosis. Philippa is fully trained to accurately diagnose and treat your condition.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend treatment plans, such as those offered by chiropractors, to manage sciatica.
Chiropractic treatment for sciatica may include manual therapy, exercises, and advice to help you address negative thoughts and feelings about your sciatic pain. People who have very negative thoughts and feelings about their back tend to take longer to recover. As a result, this is an important aspect of your care.
Most noteworthy, when seeing our chiropractor for sciatica, you will receive a care plan based around your needs. Your care plan will take into account your personal preferences, level of pain and nature of the condition.