Thursday, May 8, 2014

What is Sciatic and How is it Treated? - May 2014

May 2014

Hi Everybody, Dr. Norris here.
One of the more stubborn conditions I treat is sciatica. My patients usually want to know: What is it? How did it happen? And how can I get rid of it? So let me answer those questions as simply as possible.

Sciatica is lower extremity pain associated with irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates from the spinal nerves which exit the low back. The nerves bundle together and travel through the buttocks and down the back of the thigh into the lower leg, foot and toes. Usually one side is affected, but symptoms can vary from pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. Although these symptoms usually occur at the buttock or thigh, they can be anywhere down the lower extremity.

A variety of things can cause sciatic nerve pain. Any pathology which puts pressure, irritation or inflammation on the nerve can cause sciatica. The most common causes are spinal misalignments, muscle spasm, sprain/strains and disc bulges. Bone, muscle and discs can put pressure on or "pinch" the sciatic nerve which produces symptoms.

Fortunately, a series of treatments usually provides relief and reduces pressure on the nerve. I recommend a course of muscle stimulation therapy, massage, spinal adjustments and gentle exercises. Heat packs, cold packs and anti-inflammatory medication can also help control pain. The sooner treatment is started the faster the sciatica is resolved. Most conditions respond within 2 to 8 treatments.
So if you or someone you care about
is suffering from sciatic pain,
have them call me for a consultation.
That's what I love to do, help people.

“Because nobody has time for pain!”
Dr. Michael Norris
Analgesic Creams

There are hundreds of analgesic creams which are used to reduce pain.
They usually contain menthol and/or capsaicin, a pepper derivative.
The cream works by stimulating the nerves in the skin which lessens the underlying soft tissue pain.
If you have questions about these creams feel free to ask Dr. Norris.

"I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous .”  ~ Graffito
Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases or, medical problems. It is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations.
The information is provided for educational purposes only. Response to care and nutritional benefits
may vary from one person to another.