What is it?
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain which starts in the low back or buttock and travels
down the leg into the foot. It occurs when a large nerve which travels from the low back
into the foot, called the sciatic nerve, is compressed or irritated. This compression can come
from a variety of sources in the back and can be identified by seeking help from one of our experienced Bath Chiropractor and Physiotherapy team.
It’s also important to note that there are a variety of causes of low back, buttock and leg
pain other than sciatica. If you’re unsure of what’s causing your pain, our clinicians at
Physioimpulse can help in identifying the cause of your discomfort.
What symptoms could suggest sciatica?
How will my Bath Chiropractor diagnose sciatica?
Typically, a chiropractor will be able to determine the presence of sciatica through your
symptoms and testing of the nerves, joints and muscles in the lower limb. These tests are
non-invasive, and your clinician will explain what they’re doing as they go. In some cases a
clinician may decide to refer you for a scan, however recent evidence has proved that a scan
isn’t always essential for an accurate diagnosis of sciatica.
How can sciatica be treated in clinic?
What can I do in the meantime to reduce my chance of developing back pain and sciatica?
The latest evidence tells us that keeping active, eating a varied and balanced diet to
promote overall health, and abstaining from smoking are some of the key factors in
reducing our chances of suffering with low back pain or sciatica.
Interestingly, we’ve also learnt through research that walking appears to be the gold
standard exercise type in preventing and treating generalised low back pain. However, if
you’re unsure of what other types of exercise can help treat low back pain or sciatica, or
have any additional questions or concerns with your low back pain, give us a call and one of
our clinician’s will happily help guide you.
Physioimpulse Chartered Physiotherapists