Whether it’s an agonising shooting pain or constant dull ache, we know how painful and debilitating nerve pain in the arms or legs (sciatica) can be. It can overshadow your life and stop you enjoying simple everyday activities. It can also take an emotional toll on you if it persists for weeks, months or even years.
You may be taking painkillers regularly and you may have tried other treatments without success. The good news is: you’ve finally found us…and we’ll do our very best to help you! As a specialist disc clinic, we treat nerve pain sufferers in clinic every day and happily, we get them pain-free, moving again and back to their usual routine.
Many cases of sciatica and nerve pain resolve naturally with over the counter anti-inflammatories. Going about your daily activities can be a big help too. However, if you’ve been suffering for a few weeks now, things could be a little more serious: your pain could be the result of a herniated, prolapsed or ‘slipped’ disc.
When you come to us with nerve pain, our aim is to:
The pain and immobility from sciatica or nerve pain can put your life on hold and prevent you from doing simple, everyday things. Typically, it might be:
Sciatica (or radicular pain) arises when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back through the buttocks and down the length of both legs.
This type of pain is usually a symptom of a lower back condition - although you may not be experiencing any back pain right now.
In addition to leg pain, you may also feel a numbness and/ or tingling in the foot.
When a disc herniates or ruptures, the inner jelly-like nucleus can leak out, irritating or compressing the sciatic nerve, causing a grinding or shooting pain from the buttock down the length of the leg.
Sciatica can also be caused by Arthritis, a sacro-iliac injury or a muscle tear in the lower back.
In neck pain sufferers, nerve pain affects the shoulders, arms and hands.
Sciatica and nerve pain can arise from everyday activities and bad habits such as:
When you come to see us, we’ll listen to you, find the root cause of your pain and explain in simple terms how we can help.
During your first visit, we’ll take a history of your symptoms, review any MRI scans and carry out a set of physical tests to find out how your pain affects you.
We treat sciatica and nerve pain non-invasively; sufferers usually require a combination of anti-inflammatory medicine and spinal mobilisation - to relax muscles and limber up joints, avoiding further pinching of the sciatic nerve.
For long-term sufferers who need more than manual therapy, we offer the latest technology in spinal mobilisation: IDD Therapy disc treatment.
IDD Therapy uses gentle pulling forces to draw apart specific spinal segments where discs are damaged, removing pressure and irritation from any trapped nerves.
For many sciatica and nerve pain sufferers, IDD Therapy has been a godsend, freeing them from a cycle of GP visits, physiotherapy and painkillers. It has even helped some to avoid surgery. Most patients find IDD Therapy very relaxing…some even nod off during treatment!
Every day was a battle with agonising sciatica... but I'm pain-free and enjoying life again after IDD Therapy
Sarah Gower from Marden had suffered with back pain ‘niggles’ for a few years, but last summer she was suddenly struck with unbearable sciatica in her leg which stopped her in her tracks.
My sciatica was so bad I thought I'd be housebound forever...
Three years ago, Julie Phillips cycled 500 miles across the Rift Valley in Kenya. At that time, her back pain and sciatica was just about manageable. But as the months rolled on, the pain worsened and she found it more and more difficult to stay mobile and carry on with her usual activities.
My life came to a standstill with agonising back pain... but now I'm back to health after IDD Therapy
Property Investor, Jane Kent had never had a back problem before, but last year her life was suddenly put on hold by debilitating pain and immobility.
Playing golf was no fun with agonising sciatica...
Keen golfer Bill Langan struggled with back pain and sciatica for six years, all the while refusing to give up his beloved sport. But eventually the pain and immobility began to affect his enjoyment of the game and he worried that soon he may not be able to play at all.
Back pain and sciatica ruled my life for 16 years... but now I'm running again thanks to IDD Therapy
Sue James is a retired tailor and keen track-and-field athlete, but not long ago, excruciating back pain and sciatica threatened to put an end to her beloved sports forever.
Non-invasive treatment solves Paul's back pain agony...
Paul Bowman has always lived an active life. A regular in his local gym, he runs his own construction business, and loves the physical side of the job. "Occasional aches and pains go with the territory," Paul explains, "but gradually as I got older, low back pain started to become a real problem, and about three years ago I was referred for an MRI scan on my back."