Sciatica and back pain

What’s the difference between sciatica and back pain?

Man holding back due to sciatica and back painSciatica is the name given to pain that results from the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, it can cause pain, numbness and sometimes weakness in the leg and low back. The pain can be quite severe but usually sciatica results in increased pain in the buttocks and legs rather than back pain.

Many people associate any back or leg pain as sciatica, yet there are numerous other causes for these pains. Only a physical examination can help to differentiate, but ultimately an MRI scan might be needed to check the spinal discs for bulging.

Most back pain (85-90%) is termed simple low back pain or mechanical low back pain. Back pain is extremely common with between 60-80% of the UK population reporting back pain in their lives. Research by the British Chiropractic Association reported that 48% of the UK population suffers neck or back pain at any one time, linking this to the increased sedentary nature of our lives.  It can be difficult to know what is the cause of your pain. Book a free consultation where the chiropractor will examine the area and will be able to tell you if it is a complaint that chiropractic care can improve.

Can we help sciatica?

We have successfully helped people of all ages with a range of conditions. The most common complaints patients consult us about are:

  • Joint pains including hip and knee pain from Osteoarthritis
  • General aches and pains including those from joints, muscle spasms and cramp
  • General, acute and chronic backache and back pain
  • Mechanical neck pain
  • Prevention of migraines
  • Headaches arising from the neck
  • Tension and inability to relax

Pain however mild can be an inconvenience and interfere with your daily routine.  Whether your pain is mild or severe we correct the issue at the root of the complaint, providing pain relief.


Chiropractic care is non-invasive, safe and effective.  It uses proven techniques and natural methods to help you get well and stay well.

If you are unsure whether Chiropractic can help you, we offer a free consultation. Call or email to book in.  If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them.