Physio for Back Pain, Slipped Discs & Sciatica (Nerve Pain)
Physiotherapy for Back Problems
We have been specialising for 20 years, and one of my specialty areas is helping people with back pain. That could be lower back pain, mid back pain or forms of sciatica. Having treated over 15,000 patients, back pain is the most common problem that I treat in my physiotherapy clinic. Back pain affects 1 in 3 of us, at some time in our lives, and can affect all ages. Symptoms do vary, from a dull ache in the back which can come and go, to sharp stabbing pains that can go down the legs continually. In some extreme cases, it can also cause numbness or pins and needles in the legs and feet.
The common causes of lower back pain again vary. These include poor sitting posture, stiffness and sitting for long periods, poor lifestyle, poor diet, lack of exercise, being overweight, pre-existing back problems, family history of back problems, muscular strain from lifting or over exertion, poor bed mattress and age (wear and tear). The most important thing with back pain is not just to treat the symptoms or to take painkillers to hide the pain without properly identifying the cause. Not knowing the cause pre-disposes you to more back problems. Specifically, when we see patients with back pain, we help to reduce the pain as quickly as possible, but also help identify the underlying cause to stop it returning later on. This is important, especially if you are young, as neglect of this can lead to premature osteoarthritis later on in life. Most patients should begin to feel better within 2 to 3 sessions.
Physiotherapy for Sciatica
Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is 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, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. When something compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, it can cause a pain (referred to as Sciatica) that radiates out from your lower back and travels down your leg to your calf. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful, sometimes keeping you awake at night.
Causes of Sciatica
A slipped disc is the most common identified cause of sciatica, but in some cases there is no obvious cause. Less common causes include spinal stenosis (narrowing of the nerve passages in the spine), injury, infection or a growth in the spine. I have a number of proven techniques for treating sciatica. However, the key is identifying and correcting the root cause, otherwise the pain will come back again. This is something I am very passionate about, not just treating the symptoms, but addressing the underlying cause, something pills cannot always do.