Slipped’ Disc & Sciatica

The most common cause of true sciatica is a "slipped, prolapsed, twisted or bulging disc". The discs (or inter-vertebral discs) are the cushions which separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae).Sciatica may cause the sufferer to bend forward or sideways in an attempt to avoid further nerve compression (antalgia).

Chiropractors will perform chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurological tests. to determine the cause of the pain. In the case of acute, subacute and chronic low back pain treatment can be successful.

If symptoms persist or patients do not respond to treatment X-rays may be arranged.  X-rays will detect curvatures in the spine and disc compression possibly from a protruding disc.

Where examination indicates a very large disc prolapse with major neurological symptoms and signs an MRI scan may be requested and neurosurgical referral will be made without delay.