Sciatica in Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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We offer treatment to help with sciatica and the pain associated with sciatica in Southend at The Body Matters. Treatments are available from our clinic based in Leigh-on-Sea. We also offer telephone & online support and remote consultations.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a term that purely refers to compression of the sciatic nerve. The symptoms of this can vary, depending on where in its distribution the nerve is compressed.

For those of you who are not familiar with the sciatic nerve, it is the largest single nerve in the human body and it runs from each side of the lower spine through deep within the buttock into the back of the thigh and all the way down to the foot. Without this vital nerve, we would have no connection from the spinal cord to the leg and foot muscles.

What causes sciatica?

The most common cause of sciatica is disc compression from the lumbar spine. The symptoms would be more than pain in the distribution down the back of the thigh and calf muscle but would include parasthesia (change in sensation eg. pins and needles) and/or anaesthesia (loss of sensation eg. numbness) as well as some level of weakness around the foot and ankle. In combination, these other symptoms are known as radicular symptoms. Without radicular symptoms, sciatica could be caused by compression of the nerve elsewhere down its distribution.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica manifests as a sharp, shooting pain that travels from the lower back through the buttocks and down one leg. The pain intensity varies, often accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness in the affected leg or foot. It might worsen while sitting or standing for extended periods and could be debilitating, impacting daily activities. Sciatica symptoms usually affect one side of the body and can range from a mild ache to severe discomfort along the nerve's pathway.

How long does sciatica pain last?

The duration of sciatica pain varies; it might resolve within a few weeks with proper care or persist longer. Some experience intermittent episodes while others endure chronic discomfort. Treatment effectiveness, underlying causes like herniated discs, and individual factors influence its duration. Self-care, physical therapy, and medication can alleviate symptoms, but severe cases might require surgery.

Is exercise helpful for sciatica?

Yes, targeted exercises that strengthen the back and core muscles can significantly alleviate sciatica. Specific stretches and movements can reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve, enhance flexibility, and improve posture, diminishing pain and discomfort. However, it's crucial to start exercises gradually and under professional guidance to prevent exacerbating symptoms. Consistent, gentle exercise often plays a pivotal role in managing and even preventing recurring bouts of sciatica.

What treatment for sciatica is available at The Body Matters?

We at The Body Matters are geared up to properly assess and diagnose sciatica and offer you a programme of symptom management and rehabilitation. Treatment options include pain management through physical therapy, exercises to strengthen the back and core muscles, and hot or cold therapy. Contact us to find out more.

Remote Consultations Available

We continue to use remote consultations to provide our services without physical interaction, if required, by shifting some appointments to video consultations.

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Call 01702 714968 for more information about sciatica in Southend-on-Sea, and find out more about how The Body Matters can help you.

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We are open on weekdays and Saturdays, with early morning and evening appointments available on request. We offer remote consultations to provide our services without physical interaction.

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