Sciatica occurs when this nerve is compressed, irritated, or inflamed. This can be due to many underlying causes and it’s essential that we establish what is causing the pain and from there treat accordingly, or if necessary refer you back to your GP for further evaluation.
One of the causes that can often lead to sciatica is an injury to a disc – leading to a budging, sometime referred to as a ‘slipped disc’. This budging can put pressure on the nerve or compromise the space allowed for the nerve to exit the spine. There are different degrees of injury ranging from mild tears on the outside of the disc to the more severe disc herniation.
A disc injury can potentially be a very serious injury. It is the sort of injury that sometimes requires surgery but fortunately only in a small number of more serious cases.
There are a number of things you can do yourself to help prevent injury to the disc, most of these will lead back to postural issues and having an understanding how the spine is affected by the activities of our daily lives, eg, siting, lifting, carrying sleep posture, posture in exercise, footwear and safety at work. Please contact us for more information.