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Your nervous system is essentially a large electrical grid. Your spinal cord sends an electrical nerve impulse that runs between your brain and lower back.
From there, individual nerves emerge from your spine and send impulses to your lower body to supply sensation and movement.
This is what allows you to move as well as feel sensations like touch, heat, cold and pain. Anything that interferes with this transmission can create pain and problems.
If you are suffering from sciatica then you have been diagnosed with a "Lumbar Radiculopathy".
What this means is that there is a single nerve or multiple nerves emerging from your lower back that have become irritated or possibly pinched. This often results in the patient suffering from pain, numbness or tingling in the specific area of your leg that is supplied by the irritated nerve.
The term "Sciatica" is often used to describe this condition because most (but not all) "lumbar radiculopathies" cases impact or involve the sciatic nerve which supplies the back & outside of your thigh and calf. Most often the nerve is being impinged (pinched) by a disc herniation or bulge, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or bone spurs. Symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy can be varied but most suffer from some form of a dull ache to a constant severe sharp shooting pain. In some cases, you may find that your symptoms are aggravated by certain positions or movements.
To help you get free of this condition, we will treat the source of your nerve irritation.
We must first determine the cause with a thorough examination followed by diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, MRI or CT scan when indicated. Once the cause is found we will develop a treatment plan. We have excellent results using lumbar decompression therapy to relieve the pressure on the nerve. Followed by therapy modality options including: interferential electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, laser therapy or acupuncture to reduce the pain and inflammation. We will prescribe a individualized exercise plan to help prevent reoccurrences.
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