Workplace Strains Occupational injuries account for many millions of working days lost each year. No matter whether your work is in the office or outside on the land you need to be able to cope with the individual demands made on your body by the style of work you do. In the office where desk work is common, there are the dangers of ‘computer hump’ and ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’, whilst frequent telephone use affects the neck and shoulders causing headaches neck pain etc.
Manual work inevitably carries the inherent risk of injury caused by heavy and often awkward lifting, over-stretching, and periods of prolonged bending causing back and disc injuries, sciatica, and muscle strains.
Those who drive for a living need to be aware of their driving position as it affects not only their back, neck and shoulders but also can affect hips, knees and feet. Ask an osteopath for advice on the correct driving position for you and any exercises which may help.
Sciatica The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large Sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.
Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself – it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
There are several causes of sciatica including nerve root compression in the lumbar spine. It is important to diagnose the condition accurately in order to treat it properly. Your Osteopath will be able to tell you the cause and set a treatment plan for you.