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My GP says I have Sciatica, what is that?

Did you know that the Sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body?

photo of man with back painRather than having one single source, this nerve comprises of a collection of nerves which exit the lower Spinal region (L4/5) and combine with the Sacral Plexus (S1/2/3) to form a single nerve near the Piriformis muscle. This combined nerve then travels down your buttock, into the back of your thigh and all the way down to your toes.

Pinching of this nerve, whether it be at it’s source in the spine or within the muscles it passes, can not only cause low back pain but also pain into the back of the legs and then down into the foot.

Sciatica is therefore a symptom and not a diagnosis as the term ” Sciatica” only describes the pathway of the pain travelling down the leg resulting from compression of the Sciatic nerve.

The diagnosis is what is actually causing the compression. The causes of which could be many, for example: a “bulging disc”, narrowing of the gaps in between the lumbar bones caused by their misalignment, tightness of the Piriformis muscle to name but a few.

Chiropractic Proven Effective!

Chiropractic care is proven to be highly effective in the management and correction of Spinal bone misalignment which can reduce the pressure on nearby bulging discs. Chiropractic-Led massage works wonders on the Piriformis muscles too.

Want to find out if your low back and leg pains could be helped with Chiropractic care? Give our warm and uplifting team a call today: 0161 763 1700.