It is an irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The symptoms, since you are reading this, are probably something you intimately understand and you could describe yourself very well…
There are more to this list, but that’s a good start; Now let’s look at the sciatic nerve closer.
The sciatic nerve starts at the spine and has a contribution from 5 different nerve roots. These nerve roots, after leaving the spine from 5 different locations, come together in the deep buttocks (close to a muscle we call the piriformis muscle) to form one thick nerve bundle…we call this bundle of nerves, the sciatic nerve.
Symptoms vary from person to person because injuries or conditions can affect one or more of these 5 nerves that go to different parts of the buttock, thigh, leg and foot.
REMEMBER: each nerve has a sensory portion for skin sensation, pain, and muscle feedback. There is also a motor portion for muscle control and strength. This adds to the complex nature of diagnosing sciatica.
Like you… I intimately understand this condition and the impact this pain has on your life. Here is MY story of suffering. (Don’t worry, I will quickly return to answering your questions- but first I’d like to share with you how deepy I literally feel your pain.)
Irritation or compression to the sciatic nerve occurs most commonly at either the place where the nerve root exits the spine or where the nerve bundle forms close to the piriformis muscle. Remember that there are 5 contributions to the sciatic nerve, so irritation or compression can occur at any of the 5 different levels.
The most common reason for one of these 5 nerves to get pinched, especially for people between the ages of 20-65, is an injury to the intervertebral disc.
For years I suffered with low back pain and pain that moved: sciatica nerve, shoulders and neck pain. Chiropractic treatment provided only temporary relief. I tried a variety of styles and numerous doctors, but nothing provided long term relief... After commencing treatment I know I had found the solution that for years I had been evasive.
Dr. Corey Bowden is much more then a doctor, he teaches his patients as he treats them so they can maintain their health without chiropractic adjustments in the future. To attain that level of health, Dr. Corey Bowden has the latest state of the art computer equipment unmatched in any of the many chiropractic offices I attended in the past. But it is not just the equipment he uses. He is sincerely interested in his patients and their well being, as his entire staff. It is not possible for me to convey to anyone what a positive experience this has been for both my husband and me. I have observed his ‘miracles’ with other patients who also have shared my experience
-- Ardena T. Layton, UT
So How Do We Figure Out the Real Cause of YOUR Sciatica?
Here is a hint… an x-ray will not tell you what the problem is. You need two different things to know exactly what the problem is...
NOTE: When the disc injury pinches the nerve that affects your leg, something else happens! There is a branch of that nerve that does not go down the leg, but rather will go to the muscles behind the spine. The most affected muscle is called the Multifidus muscle. This muscle stabilizes the spine and buffers the pressure on your low back discs. The compromised nerve supply to the multifidus muscle allows the muscle to atrophy and undergo fatty, fibrous infiltration. Said another way, the muscle wastes away and the area where the muscle was turns to fat. Look at figure (B): the red star shows the herniation. If you look at the muscles below it on either side of the spine you see two very marbled looking steaks on either side of the spine. The white is fat; it should be dark!? Healthy muscles should look like two filet mignon; dark and muscular.
So, you can see that over time, in fact as short as one month, a problem involving your low back disc giving you sciatica will quickly start to affect the muscles and stability of the area. This becomes part of the problem and increases the chance that it will become chronic. So what is a person, whose life sucks because of severe sciatic pain, to do? (Keep reading for the answer!)
I think that the answer, because of your newly learned information, should be obvious. Treatments that will only mask the problem but won’t rid you of this unrelenting condition are described in summary as:
I have suffered with low back pain for several years. The most difficult was the sciatic pain that caused my right leg to hurt so much that anything other then a short walk was more then I ever wanted to do, let alone doing exercise... After the first week of treatment, I had no lower back pain or sciatica. It has really been great to be able to walk around Kaysville with my wife, and return home without a lot of pain. This makes it a lot easier for me to live with my wife.
--H. Kaysville Vern, UT
You’re finally about to learn which treatments work to accomplish the two goals of effective Sciatica Treatment!
To remind you of the goals:
Well, surgery addresses the first goal but unfortunately it commonly INCREASES the problems associated with the second goal; by cutting through muscle, bone and ligament it further destabilizes the injured area.
Important Note: This leads to the 9 facts associated with low back surgery and what you won’t hear from your low back surgeon. You can read these very interesting and revealing risks and facts later by clicking on the tab entitled…“***Thinking Surgery? Think Again!*** from our home page.
It accomplishes both goals of effective treatment by:
Using a therapy system called the DRX Decompression therapy system that addresses the disc injury. To learn more, go to our “What is DRX Decompression”area for a detailed explanation and look at the research after you read the rest of this important information….you are not going to want to miss the rest!
Providing a comprehensive strengthening, muscle re-balancing, chiropractic and rehabilitation program. Time and time again, we have found with close to 1,000 patients effectively treated, that a complete, comprehensive approach to care renders the greatest benefits.
I hope that this information has been informative and has revealed many things which will put you on the road to living a pain-free life once again.
You now know more than 90% of others who suffer with Sciatica!
Here’s what you know:
What you may not know yet is why you have Sciatica or if you qualify for my revolutionary Sciatica Program. After your consultation and examination, YOU WILL!
Don’t guess any longer; get the facts, know the true cause of your sciatic nerve pain… take control, take the next step!
Dr. Corey Bowden
Dr. Matthew D. Clark
Learn how Spinal Decompression Therapy may help your chronic pain. Click on the video below: