Disc and Facet Joint Injuries, Sciatica
Your spine is made up of a number of different structures. There are the bones or vertebrae, the discs (which act as cushioning shock absorbs in between the vertebrae), the facet joints (which are where each vertebrae connects with its neighbor, and they run in pairs down the sides of the spine), the spinal cord and exiting nerves, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and other connective tissues. Any of these structures can be injured or damaged, which may cause pain. However, it is important to mention too, that the presence of pain does not always indicate damage or injury. Nor does evidence of damage on scans or x-rays necessarily correlate with pain.
Discs may be described as slipped, bulging, prolapsed or degenerative. Facet Joints may be described as strained or inflamed. Sciatica typically describes pain that is felt down the back of the leg, thought to be referred from nerves exiting the spine. These words are simply describing an observation of the structure. What is important is how your spine is functioning, and how well you can do the things you want to do.
Your Physiotherapist at DMA will be able to explain to you what these descriptive terms mean, and how they relate to your problem. More importantly, they will educate you as to how you can manage your problem, and work with you to build an individually designed Clinical Pilates treatment program to help you achieve your physical goals