A herniated or prolapsed disc in the lower back can cause pain in the buttock and the leg including foot and toes. This is known as sciatica because it results from irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back to your feet. If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, are suffering from persistent leg pain and/or are finding daily activities difficult, Walton Chiropractic is here to provide the treatment you need. Our chiropractors can help you regain a comfortable life free from pain and restriction.
We are pleased to help patients from our local Leamington Spa community and further afield in areas such as Coventry and Rugby.
Your spine is made up of sections of bone called vertebrae. Between each vertebra there is flexible, shock-absorbing tissue. This tissue is what we call an intervertebral disc. The discs in your spine are what enable you to bend and twist.
Herniated or prolapsed discs are commonly called slipped discs. However, despite the name, the discs in your back are firmly attached and cannot slip out of place, which is why chiropractors use the term herniated disc or prolapsed disc. A herniated disc is when the jelly-like centre (nucleus) of the disc breaks through the strong outer casing (the annulus).
The leaked nucleus causes an inflammatory reaction and can put pressure on the spinal nerve. This results in leg pain (sciatica) if the affected disc is in the lower back, or arm pain if the disc is in the neck.
Other symptoms of a herniated disc include back pain or neck pain, a tingling sensation, pins and needles, numbness and difficulty walking, sitting or sleeping.
Over time, the discs in your back suffer wear and tear. As a result, the fibres of the annulus (outer casing of a disc) can tear, allowing the nucleus to leak out. Common causes of a herniated disc include:
Trauma – Heavy lifting is the most common type of trauma that causes herniated discs. The force involved with lifting heavy objects can damage the annulus, causing a sudden shape change.
Degeneration – Wear and tear as we age can cause discs to thin and dehydrate, making them more vulnerable to injury from everyday movements.
The chiropractors at Walton Chiropractic provide hands-on treatment for herniated discs and associated leg pain. We use a variety of techniques including joint mobilisations, chiropractic adjustments, soft and deep tissue massage and dry needling to remove your pain and gradually restore your normal range of movement.
If you live in Leamington Spa, Coventry, Rugby or anywhere else in Warwickshire, don’t hesitate to give us a call for expert chiropractic care.
Our team can also help with foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is intense pain along the sole of the foot from the heel. This is caused by tight and irritated tissue called the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot. With plantar fasciitis, pain is often worse first thing in the morning and it can make walking difficult.
We can help reduce your pain with the aim of gently and progressively restoring a full range of movement, without pain.