Disc Injury & Sciatica

The intervertebral discs are soft tissue pads that sit between each pair of bony vertebra in the spine, except for the first cervical segment. There are a total of 23 discs from your neck down to your sacrum.

Discs consist of an outer ring called the annulus fibrosus, which surrounds the inner jelly like centre known as the nucleus pulposus. Damage to the disc can result in the jelly nucleus herniating or prolapsing through the annular fibrosus, and this can be colloquially referred to as a slipped disc.

When this occurs the nucleus can protrude and touch one of the nerves exiting your spine (nerve root) or in a very small number of cases the nerves in your spinal canal. The nerve can then become damaged which can result in additional sensations from pain, aching, burning, pins and needles, tingling, numbness, weakness of your arm or leg to problems controlling your bowel or bladder.

The level at which the damage occurs will dictate where you experience these sensations. A low back disc prolapse can result in sciatica or femoral nerve pain, which are the two main nerves which supply the legs. A neck disc injury can result in pins and needles or numbness in your arms or fingers.

Osteopathic Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment for Spine

At the Rugby Osteopathic Centre we are trained to differentially diagnose the cause of your symptoms. By assessing the nerve pathways we can determine where in the spine the damage has occurred. If you are getting any nerve pains, pins and needles, numbness or weakness, it is important that you are thoroughly examined and monitored to make sure that you get the best care possible. This may be an osteopathic treatment or a referral back to the GP for further tests. We always explain to you what our diagnosis is and give you advice as to how you can speed up your recovery.

After a full assessment we talk you through our findings and agree a treatment approach. The treatment will include soft tissue massage to relax the muscle tension. We may follow this up with articulation and manipulation to release joints, and gentle Cranial Osteopathy. Recommended exercises for correcting poor posture are also a part of treatment and consultation. 

Contact us if you have any questions, our professional team is always there to help you.

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Rugby Osteopathic Centre, 69 Albert Street, Rugby
Warwickshire, CV21 2SN, Tel: 01788 560646, Fax:01788 571318
Email: reception@rugbyosteopaths.co.uk

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