Posts Tagged 'sciatica'

Why Does My Back Hurt?

Anatomy of the spine:

The spine is a crucial structure in the body. It has three major functions important for everyday life:

  • Protection: the spinal cord, nerve roots and several organs within the body are protected by the spine.
  • Structure: the spine provides structural support to withstand load and hold you upright.
  • Movement: the spine allows movement in multiple directions.

The spine can be broken down into five sections – cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and coccyx. The spine has ...

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Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. Sciatica refers to symptoms of lower back, buttock or leg pain, which can be described as tingling, numbness, or weakness in the leg and foot. These symptoms originate in the lower back but may also be felt without lower back pain. The sciatic nerve exits the spine and travels through the buttock and down the back of the leg before branching off behind the ...

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Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the most common complaint we see at Mike Varney Physiotherapy. 7 out of 10 people will experience some form of low back pain in their lifetime. It is characterised by a pain or ache anywhere between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your legs. Some people also experience referred pain down into the buttocks and legs. Despite being so ...

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Vertebral Disc Bulges

Your spine is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. As you age, the disks dehydrate and degenerate. As they do, they lose their cushioning ability. This can lead to pain if the back is stressed.

Sometimes one of these discs can rupture, known as a herniation. This allows the jelly-like centre of the disk to ...

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