Low Back Pain and Sciatica / Radiculopathy (Leg Pain) / Mylopathy (Leg Pain and muscle weakness)

Sciatica, or pain in the leg/s that is the result of a low back problem is relatively common.

  • Up to 35% of people who suffer an episode of low back pain will go on to develop a bout of sciatica.
  • Most episodes of sciatica are managed without surgery.
  • Most people return to normal activity.
  • Many people experience some degree of ongoing pain but this is usually not a significant barrier to normal lifestyle.
  • There are a number of different faults within the spine that can result in sciatica
  • Resolution times vary significantly with some resolving over a few weeks and others taking up to a couple of years.
  • A small number will require surgical intervention.

Sciatica is most commonly the result of an injury to a lumbar intervertebral disc.

  • If disc wall integrity remains intact it is often rapidly reversible …learn more)
  • If the disc wall has failed then recovery is typically slower …(learn more)

Other causes include;

At Spine Care we look to minimise the impact of the painful episode and minimise the risk of recurrence. Spine Care offers expert assessment into the unique underlying features of each individual case.

Injury specific education is the key to confident self management. Like other forms of spinal pain a future recurrence of pain is common, making self treatment the most desirable outcome if a long term solution is to be found.

The greater understanding an individual has of their problem the greater ongoing control they have over it, and the less they have to rely on others for relief.

Self treatment is supplemented by individualised strength or flexibility programs. Where necessary research has shown that manual therapies like manipulation can be useful in assisting an individual reach a point where self treatment becomes possible.

Learn why Spine Care believe effective self treatment is your best option …(learn more)