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Common Causes Of Sciatica

Untreated, Sciatica can lead to severe lower back pain travelling all the way down your leg. Lifestyle and posture can leave your back prone to this painful injury, the infamous “pain into the leg from a trapped nerve”. The main causes include:
Lifting something awkwardly, or unexpectedly heavy
Working on screens, with perhaps less than ideal setup for sitting
Falls on to your bottom or tail bone
Gradual micro injuries from work or sport

Sciatica Explained In Plain English

Sciatica, pain down the leg from the buttock or back, happens when a nerve from your lower back is pinched by an injury or joint strain.

It varies from a dull ache that comes and goes to shooting pain all the way down to the foot.

Sometimes with rest and time things improve, but more often the problem doesn’t get 100% better and feels stiff, painful or vulnerable. This means you are stuck, afraid of getting back to normal activities. This is when a professional opinion and treatment is really helpful.

Untreated, these pains can go from short easy to fix problems, to long term and harder to fix problems. Nobody likes taking pain killers or contemplating surgery. It’s important to choose a treatment which is safe, effective and proven thousands of times over all over the world. We would always recommend a course of treatment before contemplating long term medication or surgery, and evidence in research shows 90% of people are very satisfied with their improvement after only six treatments.

What Are The Major Causes Of Sciatica?

Everybody knows about the common causes of Sciatica such as lifting or bending forwards.. Let’s dive in a little deeper looking at what goes wrong with your Sciatic Nerve.

Locked Back

Also known as facet lock, this is where one of the small joints at the bottom of your back gets strained, and the swelling and spasm affects the Sciatic Nerve as it passes by in a small, vulnerable tunnel.

Slipped Disc

Inside your back are a series of shock absorbers filled with jelly. If you put too much load on them, or wear them out with too much sitting or lifting, the jelly squeezes onto the nerve, a ‘trapped nerve”.

Inflammation in the back and Arthritis

Wear and tear can give you swelling next to your nerve. This can irritate it, giving pain into the leg as that is where that nerve goes.

With age or a history of neck injury, the joints and muscles can end up a bit sorry for themselves. A lot of our work is getting the neck back to 100% by careful and steady treatment to safely reverse the effects of time.

Piriformis Syndrome

The Sciatic nerve in some people passes through a muscle in the buttock as it passes down into your leg. Spasm or injury here gives you Sciatica, usually with no back pain as your back is actually ok.

How Does An Osteopath Treat Sciatica?

An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your symptoms. We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again.

The Back is full of important and delicate structures, and it is important to choose a treatment from an expert you can trust to be both safe and effective. We train for many years to deeply understand Sciatica and how it affects you. We will respectfully, carefully and skilfully propose a treatment plan to get you back to normal again.

This means you can be well in a truly natural way, by, in the end, the miracle of your body healing itself.

And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected. For example, many issues with Hip and Buttock pain actually come from your back.

We have written an informative Blog post about Sciatica, you can read it here.


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Katherine was great! I had repetitive injuries in my back from sport and after 3 sessions she gave me the tools to prevent these injuries from happening again. Highly recommend.
Mike Ladouceur
Mike Ladouceur
16:06 27 Sep 21
I took my baby to see Katherine to help with sleeping issues. She immediately noted areas of tightness causing him pain and after one session he was sleeping through the night. After four sessions he was a different baby, sleeping and eating batter leading to a much happier baby. I wish I had taken him earlier!
Rose Buckmaster
Rose Buckmaster
19:56 09 Sep 21
Melinda is very soft and gentle yet She did amazing Healing in a deeper level. Thank you 🙏
Yazmeen Lakhiani
Yazmeen Lakhiani
17:43 22 Aug 21
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James Wilson
14:55 17 Aug 21
Andrew Cotton is such professional, experienced, gifted, caring and talented Osteopath. I am so lucky to have found him to resolve a neck issue which was giving me the most horrendous pain in my shoulder and migraines. I was in agony when I first arrived and a few sessions later, I am now pain free, have a much greater range of movement and able to turn my neck again! Such a brilliant result! Thank you Andrew for your talent.
Claire Boyd
Claire Boyd
09:57 06 Aug 21
We’ve had a really great experience with the treatment Melinda has given to our little boy with torticollis. She’s a very kind and professional individual and obviously good at what she does.
Adriana DeSoto
Adriana DeSoto
16:54 18 Jul 21
I first discovered Fulham Osteopaths as a sleep-deprived first time Mum - I did not know what osteopathy was before then! I am so grateful to have Fulham Osteopaths as part of my community - Melinda is so lovely (as are her staff!) and the practice exemplifies holistic care that is critically missing in many parts of our health system. Now my whole family receives care from the practice and every time, no matter the niggle (or emergency!) we receive excellent care throughout. Many thanks!!
Julia Tee
Julia Tee
19:09 08 Jul 21
So helpful and knowledgeable. Wonderful for my back in pregnancy and my for my baby once he was born. Highly recommend.
Daisy Shirley
Daisy Shirley
08:09 02 Jul 21
I went to see Tino after I hurt my back lifting heavy plant pots! He has been just incredible; after the first visit alone, I was feeling so much betterI have had 4 visits in total and am now fully back to normal with no pain at all. Super big shout out to this osteopath who has a great manner and huge knowledge.
Julia Woodman
Julia Woodman
08:30 28 Jun 21
Katherine the Paediatric Osteopath is brilliant. She has helped my 11 year old Son with muscular aches & pains and his posture has improved a lot.I thoroughly recommend her & I'm going to see her next!
Fiona Swift
Fiona Swift
08:02 25 Jun 21

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