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My sciatica is playing up…what can I do?

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In the last few weeks, we’ve had lots of patients coming into our clinic complaining of sciatica pain, either due to too much gardening or maintenance work in and around their villas, or other strenuous activities…and we do tend to do a bit more when the weather is wonderful!

When sciatica flares up, it is helpful to know what can be done to alleviate the pain and stay active.

Sciatica and leg pain

The term ‘sciatica’ is used to describe pain that radiates down the sciatic nerve, which starts from each side of the lower back, extends down the back of the thigh and into the foot. It’s caused by compression of nerve roots in the lower part of the spine, which merge together to form the sciatic nerve in the pelvis.

Sciatica and leg pain

Chiropractic Care

As you may know, chiropractors use their hands to gently adjust the part of the spine that is misaligned and causing the pain. Once the skeletal joints are moving freely, you will experience less joint irritation and less inflammation.

Ice Pack At Home

For sciatica pain, you can use an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel) and place it over the lower back, as that is where the sciatic nerve is usually pinched. Keep it in place for 15 to 20 minutes and repeat each hour.Remember though that there are other causes of pain in the leg that may not actually be ‘sciatica’. Therefore, get ANY pain checked out by Dr Wen at Lagos Health Chiropractic. Call us on +351 282 768 044 to make an appointment. You can also check the other blog pages on our website for articles on various health issues, plus you can get tips and news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Is My Leg Pain Sciatica And What Can Be Done To Relieve It?

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Sciatica is a term for symptoms of pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from your lower spine and down the back of each leg. It is actually quite common and occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed by some type of problem in your lower back.

Can chiropractic care help? In a word, yes!

Many people refer to any type of leg pain as sciatica, but in fact there are many conditions that are not medically classified as such and need to be treated differently. These problems, despite causing similar symptoms, include:

Is sciatica causing my leg pain?Joint problems in the spine, such as arthritis, which can refer pain from the joints into the leg. This pain is not technically sciatica and the treatment for it is different.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a relatively common cause of lower back, hip, and/or leg pain. Too much or too little motion in the sacroiliac joints can cause pain that radiates down your leg and feels like sciatica.Piriformis syndrome also causes similar symptoms. It occurs when the piriformis muscle in the buttocks irritates the sciatic nerve, causing pain to radiate along the path of the nerve into your leg.

Effective treatment for these problems can be quite different, depending on the underlying cause of your symptoms. So the important thing is…get a diagnosis!

Lagos Health Chiropractic can help and advise on all aspects of pain, whether sciatic nerve-related or not. If you’re in Portugal and you’d like to arrange a consultation, contact us on +351 282 768 044.

By the way, have you ever experienced any of the conditions mentioned here? If so, we’d like to hear about what you did to relieve the pain…did you go to a chiropractor, an osteopath or a physio…or did you just take some painkilling tablets or rub in a cream? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Does Inactivity Promote Brittle Bones?

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A benefit of exercise that becomes increasingly important with age is its impact on your bones. Research suggests that as mobility decreased over time, modern humans developed increasingly lighter, more brittle bones.

As reported by Times of India: “The study of the bones of hundreds of humans who lived during the past 33,000 years in Europe sheds light on a monumental change that has left modern humans susceptible to osteoporosis, a condition marked by brittle and thinning bones.

At the root of the finding is the knowledge that putting bones under the ‘stress’ of walking, lifting and running leads them to pack on more calcium and grow stronger.

walking is good exercise...and it can build strong bones‘By analyzing many arm and leg bone samples from throughout that time span, we found that European humans’ bones gradually grew weaker as they developed and adopted agriculture and settled down to a more sedentary lifestyle,’ said Christopher Ruff from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine.”

So Keep Fit

If you want strong and healthy bones, weight-bearing exercises should be a regular part of your fitness routine. Bone-building is a dynamic process, and you need to exert enough force on your bones to stimulate the osteoblasts to build new bone.

Further, bone is living tissue that requires regular physical activity in order to renew and rebuild itself, so exercise needs to be a lifelong commitment. As you build more muscle, and make the muscle that you already have stronger, you automatically put more constant pressure on your bones.

Find Out More

If you live in or near Lagos, or are in the Algarve on holiday, and you would like more information on the advantages of exercise and chiropractic care, please contact Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic to arrange an appointment.

Hip degenerative joint disease (DJD)

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DJD is a common cause of hip pain that affects thousands of people. This condition can result in a reduced quality of life and less active lifestyle. There are different types of DJD that may cause hip pain. Read on to find out more:

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) also called “wear-and-tear arthritis,” in which cartilage wears down over time
  • Post-traumatic arthritis, which results from a severe fracture or dislocation of the hip
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory arthritis of the joints
  • Avascular necrosis (AVN), a condition where the “ball” or femoral head has lost a healthy supply of blood flow causing the bone to die and the femoral head to become misshapen
  • Hip dysplasia, a condition where bones around the hip did not form properly, which may cause
    misalignment of the hip joint.

What causes degenerative joint disease?degenerative joint disease and hip pain...and how chiropractic care could help

  • A previous hip injury
  • Repetitive strain on the hip
  • Improper joint alignment
  • Being overweight
  • Exercise or sports-generated stress placed on the hip joint.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom of DJD of the hip is pain which may occur in four places:

  • Groin
  • Outside the hip
  • Lower area of the back
  • Thigh to the knee (or below).

Pain from the hip is commonly mistaken for back pain, and may be treated as such until the diagnosis of DJD is made.

What causes the pain?

DJD of the hip is a loss of cartilage, or lining, of the hip joint. The cartilage serves as a cushion and allows for smooth movement of the hip.

When the cartilage wears away, the ball-and-socket bones touch creating bone-on-bone contact. This contact creates pain from rubbing together, swelling, and stiffness.

If you think you may be suffering from one or several of these symptoms please do not hesitate to contact us at Lagos Health Chiropractic Clinic to discuss treatment options.

Lagos Health Chiropractic can ease your Back and Neck Pain in the Algarve

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