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Sciatica and Disc Problems
Degeneration of discs with time, renders these more susceptible to herniation, as the cartilage rich matrix weakens, then as degeneration takes hold, its symptoms cause localised pain in the area, and this can occur at all levels of the spine.
Herniated discs occur when the jelly-like centre (nucleus) pushes against its outer ring (annulus) and bulges outward. If the disk is very worn or damaged, the nucleus may squeeze all the way through, causing a prolapse. When the herniated disk bulges out toward the spinal canal, where the spinal nerves run it can put pressure on the sensitive spinal nerves, causing pain, and other neurological symptoms such as numbness and tingling.
Herniated discs in the low back often puts pressure on the nerve roots which join up to form the big Sciatic nerve which runs down through the buttock into the leg and foot. Similarly, disc prolapses in the neck can cause localized pain and pain which travels across the shoulder and into the affected arm and hand.
Disc problems are often caused by sudden twisting movements, but usually there is already weakness present around the disc edge
Disc problems can be treated with osteopathy and acupuncture – the latter being particularly effective when nerve pain is involved, having the added advantage of the therapist not having to apply further pressure or movement to the spine.
Most disc lesions will resolve with time and expert treatment. However, there are cases which will need referral for MRI scans, for further evaluation.
Laurens Holve can refer for cut price scans when necessary and has consultants to whom he refers when necessary.
If you would like further information for your Sciatica or disc problem, please do email or give a call and we will be pleased to give further advice.
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