Many people refer to leg pain as Sciatica, however there are many causes of leg pain and it is important that yours is diagnosed correctly to ensure you receive the most suitable treatment. Leg pain is often caused by a trapped nerve. Pain is experienced when there is too much pressure (compression) on a nerve root or its surrounding tissue, such as that caused by a bulging disc. Disc bulges can vary in severity and are also known as:-

  • Slipped disc

  • Prolapsed disc

  • Herniated disc

It can lead to pain, weakness, numbness or tingling sensation from the beck to the buttocks, down to the leg / calf and in some cases as far as the feet / toes.

Sciatica can be a sign of a more serious problem with the spine.

The lowest discs in the spine are the most vulnerable as they carry the most weight and there is a narrowing of one of the most important ligaments here. The mechanical stress at this level is high due to the transition between the mobile lumbar spine and immobile pelvis.

When experiencing Sciatic problems the worst thing to have is numbness and weakness, not pain. If nerves, like the sciatic nerve, that come out of the spine get trapped the first thing to happen is pain as the nerve itself gets inflamed. If the compression on the nerve continues then you get tingling, pins and needles and eventually numbness and paralysed muscles in the leg. Interestingly you may not even have a sore back. If the compression is not relieved urgently this can cause permanent problems. Unfortunately, it is quite common for leg pain, sciatic nerve irritation and disc bulges to be misdiagnosed. Pressure on the sciatic nerve is normally caused by a disc herniation or slipped disc.

KH Chiropractic and Sports Massage clinic is based between Liverpool Street and Aldgate (EC3A 7DB).

If you are ready to take your first steps towards recovery why not call and book an ‘Initial Chiropractic Consultation’ to find out the cause of your back, neck and or leg pain. Call us on 0203 633 0565 or email at