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Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in itself, it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition

In the vast majority of cases, sciatica is caused by a herniated or 'slipped' disc. This is when one of the discs that sit between the bones of the spine (vertebrae) is damaged and presses on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower end of the spine, down the thigh and to the knee. It is the largest nerve in diameter which is why it is often subject to problems.

You can minimise your risk of developing a slipped disc or back injury that could lead to sciatica by adopting a better posture and lifting techniques, stretching before and after exercise and exercising regularly. We can recommend a care plan to avoid developing sciatica.

Many cases of sciatica will pass in around six weeks without the need for treatment, however, some people find that they have reoccurring bouts, which increase in severity. In these more persistent cases, you may be advised to follow a structured exercise programme. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce inflammation by moving the bone away from the nerve, reducing pressure.