The Sciatica Pain Relief Program
In response to seeing patients suffer from sciatica, low back pain, and radiating leg pain, the medical staff at All America Healthcare designed and implemented a program to specifically address the underlying cause of these symptoms. Research has shown that ninety percent of the time, patients can fully recover from sciatic pain, and avoid surgery with a conservative course of treatment. The Sciatica Pain Relief Program was started 10 years ago to give patients a conservative approach in addressing their pain; but more importantly an approach that achieved results.
What is Sciatica
Sciatica is an inflammation of the the longest nerve in the body- the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the spinal cord, across the buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. Sciatica and sciatic nerve pain are actually secondary symptoms and indications of a problem in the lumbar region of your back placing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is usually described as mild to very intense pain in one leg or the other. The pain is a direct result of compression on the nerve roots in the lower back. Sciatica can also be referred to as radiculopathy, the medical term that is used to describe pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms or legs caused by a nerve root problem.
Examination and Tests for Sciatica
Your spine specialist will start with your medical history and assess the start of your nerve pain. He will also ask the location of your pain. Is it in your lower back, or your buttocks, or does it radiate down one or both legs? You will be asked to rate your pain on a pain scale as well as its frequency. He will also ask about any muscle weakness, tingling, or numbness in your legs. Can you still work or participate in daily activities and go to work? What have you do to this point to alleviate the pain? Do certain activities make the pain better or worse? Your spine specialist will then conduct a physical exam that observes your range of motion and physical well being. He we exam your spine and look for any mis-alignment or muscle spasms. During the neurological exam, he will test your reflexes, muscle strength, and change in nerve function.
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