Disc disorders & sciatica
Degenerative disc disorder is when normal changes that take place in the discs of your spine cause pain. Spinal discs are like shock absorbers between the vertebrae, or bones, of your spine. Disc disorders can affect any part of the spine, but it most commonly affects the low back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine).
A common cause for sciatica is a herniated disc (also referred to as a ruptured disc, pinched nerve, or slipped disc). The term Sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. Your Physiotherapy treatment aims to help alleviate your pain and improve your mobility by reducing nerve pressure caused by poorly moving spinal joints as well as easing muscular tension in the lower spine. Sciatica (or radiculopathy or leg pain) caused by a herniated disc can be very painful.
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