Actually often an over-diagnosed condition. People with sciatica KNOW THEY HAVE IT. Often there is ‘electric shock-like’ pain down the back of the thigh and into the calf. You may experience weakness in the affected leg with numbness and tingling. If both of your legs are affected, along with a loss of bowel or bladder control, this is a medical emergency, and you need to take yourself to hospital.
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The disc is the cushion between the two vertebrae. There is a high concentration of nerve endings around the outer third of the disc. Consequently any tear of injury to this area will cause very sharp uncomfortable pain, usually felt in the middle of the back, belt line distribution. With Osteopathic therapy, there is typically an 8-12 week recovery period.
Often confused with sciatica. A true facet strain is also a very painful condition. The facet joints are small joints behind the disc. Pain here is felt on one side of your lower back, either the left or right side (left side if the left facet joint is affected, and vice versa). Pain often radiates down the side of the thigh. Mobilisation of the affected join can yield sudden and pleasing results. Patients can walk away feeling no pain after one session. However severe cases may require up to eight weeks of healing time.
There are many other causes of lower back pain. These may include fracture, ligament sprain and muscle strain. All of which imaging (such as X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound) may be required.