Slipped Disc, Sciatica, Wimbledon
Treatments for Slipped Disc, Sciatica, in Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Morden areas.
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– Constant or Severe Back Pain?
– Pain or Numbness in your Leg?
– Painful Nights or Mornings?
What is a Slipped Disc &
What is Sciatica?
Causes of Slipped Disc and Sciatica
Not all slipped discs occur suddenly, ie from a lifting or twisting strain. In fact many arise slowly, usually from postural causes, starting off as recurring low back pain. The peak age of slipped disc is about 45 years old. If the disc slips out too far, it can hit the main nerve of the leg, the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is about the size of your own index finger. By the time the disc has slipped, the forces will have progressed beyond muscle injury, ligament damage and sometimes joint strain. For this reason it is important to seek the help of an experienced Wimbledon osteopath, as there are many factors in diagnosis and treatment (please see below).
At the Living Centre Clinic in Raynes Park, we have been treating low back pain, slipped disc and sciatica successfully for over 30 years. Many patients in the Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Morden areas have avoided surgery as a result of our in-house expertise. That said we work with doctors and surgeons in the SW19, SW20 and other areas, to offer something you can rely on.
What occurs in a Slipped Disc
And What is Sciatica?
The discs (3) are the jelly like pads which sit in between the bones of the spine. These bones are called vertebrae (4). Immediately behind the disc is the spinal cord (1). On each side of the spine are the delicate nerves (2) which supply your body.
What occurs in a Slipped Disc
And What is Sciatica?
When a disc slips it can sometimes press on a nerve (5). Actually, the disc oozes out, it does not really slip. There are several stages of a slipped disc. The following, from mild to severe, are all termed “slipped disc”. Bulging disc, herniated disc, prolapsed disc, sequestrated disc. Any of these can press on a nerve causing pain. This can cause pain in the buttock, hip, groin, thigh, leg, ankle or foot. Sciatica arises when pain travels down the leg. This can be with numbness, pins and needles, or in some cases sensations of hot/cold or deep aching in the buttock, leg or foot. A large slipped disc causing sciatica can be accompanied with large amounts of muscle spam in the back, difficulty turning in bed, sitting, driving or even standing sometimes. Occasionally sciatica can result in little or no back pain at all – and you may only suffer leg pain or even just foot pain and nothing else! Incredible.
Diagnosis & Treatment
There are delicate structures next to a disc which can become damaged in back pain. Also when a disc slips it is important to be aware what sort of disc damage you have (see above paragraph) as this will denote what you are or are not able to do during your recovery. Further, the aim is to avoid additional slippage which could result in deeper entrapment of nerves or tissues, which in some cases may only respond to spinal decompression surgery. As mentioned the Living Centre Clinic’s osteopathic team have helped many people avoid back surgery and other types of surgery too. Our treatments are approved by doctors.
Our qualified osteopaths are trained to reliably detect slipped discs, sciatica and trapped nerves. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is key to successful treatment and management. As such the Living Centre Clinic in Raynes Park Wimbledon, is trusted by thousands of our patients who return back to health swiftly. This is due in part to the highly specialised treatment couches we use. These couches gently help ease the pain of trapped nerves, slipped discs, bad backs and arthritis of the spine. Whilst highly specialised, they are as yet, not widely available in the majority of other SW London osteopathic clinics. The Living Centre Clinic is equipped with two of these articulated beds.
Treatments include a full spinal examination, diagnosis and gentle* hands-on massage-style, treatment. Our osteopaths are trained in a variety of skills including soft-tissue massage, cranial osteopathy, deep tissue release, and spinal manipulation, so you can be sure your will receive the approach that’s best for your condition. Exercises are emailed to your PC or smart phone to help you with posture and recovery. Additionally we provide email and phone support for after hour care and our friendly reception service is open 8am – 9pm daily (Saturday to 6pm).
Back pain treatments are available 6 days a week, from 7.30am to 9.00pm weekdays and Saturday 8am – 6pm.
Emergency appointments are usually seen the same day, as the clinic has a team of 4 experienced osteopaths.
Treatment Fees are competitive.
* Generally we avoid harsh manipulation such as “bone cracking” unless specifically requested, ie for a sports injury treatment etc.
Healing – a 3 step process
The first step is to target pain-relief by reducing muscle spam, tenderness and inflammation. Typically you will notice an improvement on your first visit.
Next step is to address the cause of the pain. Correctly done, this helps to create stability around the injured area and prevent re-injury.
Lastly we provide you with exercises and advice so you can help in your own healing. This includes the correct use of hot and cold packs, anti-inflammatory medicines, pain killers and natural alternatives.
Pain relief is our specialist subject and every clinician undergoes hours of post graduate training each year. The osteopathic pain relief team operate a policy of knowledge and skill sharing. This provides you with additional security that you are receiving the best care.
Slipped Disc, Sciatica. Take Home Help
Sample Advice Sheet
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Just a small sample from our library of 100s of
professionally created exercise videos.
Your osteopath has access to 100s of exercise videos and advice sheets just like these. Your exercises are personalised, unique to every patient. These are delivered to your computer, tablet or smart-phone and yours to keep. We try to empower you to help yourself, so these benefits last long after you have been discharged.
Living Centre Clinic
With an estimated 70,000 treatments at the Living Centre Clinic Raynes Park, you can be sure your experience of healthcare comes with an osteopathic pedigree. The clinic is well connected with the medical profession. We refer patients with back pain, slipped disc, arthritis and other spinal complaints for x-rays, scans etc whenever needed.
What sets us apart from other clinics is our ‘knowledge sharing’ philosophy. The clinic has a policy of sharing expertise and clinical skills between practitioners since 1986. You can be sure each of our therapists is enriched from this, offering you a higher standard of care, which we believe translates to better value for money and a shorter treatment course.
The Living Centre Clinic see patients not just from Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Morden, but much further afield too. In fact our reputation for our excellence and personalised treatment care attracts patients from all over London.
I have recommended the Living Centre Clinic for osteopathic treatment to my patients with excellent results.DrF JohnstonNeurosurgeon
Mr F Johnston, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Parkside Hospital, Wimbledon, London
As a practicing dentist, my job means I am bending over at the neck and back all day. This extra stress on my spine makes me vulnerable to "Bad Back Days" The Living Centre Clinic keeps me going and able to work. I believe without the treatments I would only be half as productive -so every penny I spend at the Living Centre Clinic is worth it!Dr A LalaniDentist
I am a very enthusiastic tennis player. Tennis means a lot to me and I have been playing it since my childhood. Following an injury I went to see the Living Centre Clinic. My knee got better in days and I started playing tennis again to my great relief.Vesna CollinsLawyer
I suffered from terrible muscle pain and migraines due to a childhood sickness. However, since coming to the Living Centre Clinic, they have drastically reduced. Vispi is truly a miracle worker! Both Vispi Jamooji and his amazing team always make me feel welcome, happy and healthy!Nezil NelsonPA