Spinal problems - sciatica
Sciatica is pain, parasthaesia (pins and needles) and sometimes weakness which can affect one or both legs. Very often there are reflex changes, differences and skin sensitivity or weakness. These are evident on examination by an Osteopath, General practitioner or specialist.
Sciatica most commonly arises from a disc prolapse, or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), and if unresponsive to normal advice and treatment measures is best investigated by MRI scan.
Mild to moderate sciatica is often amenable to Osteopathic treatment and is a condition which Andrew Gilmour and Felix Cory-Wright treat on a daily basis. Appropriate advice, carefully adhered to, is important in the management of sciatica. Sitting is usually best avoided and activity little and often, such as walking or 'pottering about' usually helps.
The more severe or persistant sciatica becomes, the more likely it is that you will require an MRI scan to diagnose the extent of the problem
From the practice in Melton, Woodbridge, Andrew Gilmour and Felix Cory-Wright are able to refer you for an MRI for £495 (dec 2015) from Nuffield Health Ipswich. For those willing to travel, an MRI scan at Vista Diagnostics in Waterloo can be obtained on referral for as little as £200 (November 2015).
Following an MRI scan it may be necessary to discuss your case with spinal surgeons or pain specialists and if necessary refer you on to them for appropriate treatment. This we do through the extended network of specialists we work with.This consultation process is invaluable in the treatment of severe, complex or persistent cases.