Can Sciatica Cause Arm Weakness

Sciatica Leg Pain Relief

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symtoms. \parYou chiropractor can tell the difference between these two. True sciatica and a piriformismuscle problem. I'm going to show you a stretch to get rid of the piriformis muscle problemand the resultant leg pain. If you do this stretch and notice your leg pain startingto decrease, you probably didn't have true sciatica and that's great, because sciaticais harder to treat. \par So you want to sit fairly close to the walland swing your legs up so your heels touch the wall. If you leg pain is on the left,then take your left ankle and place it over your left knee. Now some of you might findthat this position is already very difficult

to get into because your piriformis musclehas become very tight. If you want to increase the stretch, shuffle up closer to the wallwith your buttocks. If you want to deepen the stretch yet again, slide your right foot down thewall so that your knee is bent. You can increase the stretch by gently bringing the left kneetoward your opposite shoulder. That is the perfect position to lie in for the next sixtyseconds using your breathing to relax. \par Do the stretch on both sides, even if yoursymptoms are only on the left, as you need to stay symmetrical. 60 seconds on both sides.Remember to increase the stretch by pulling your knee gently toward the opposite shoulderor by sliding the opposite leg down the wall.

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Sciatica discussed by Stephen Hochschuler at Texas Back Institute SpineHealth

Good morning, I am Stephen Hochschuler, spinesurgeon, cofounder of the Texas Back Institute, and a consultant to spinehealth . I'vebeen asked today to speak about sciatica and preliminary treatment of such. Sciatica iswhen a patient is suffering from impingement or pressure on a nerve, which causes painto go down the extremity oftentimes to the foot. This can be caused by one of severalthings. It could be caused by a herniated disc, it could be caused by spinal stenosis,which is a tightening of the spinal canal, it could be caused by a spondylolisthesis,which is a slip of one vertebrae on another, or pretty much anything that puts pressureon a nerve that causes pain down the leg.

Other things that would be included wouldbe a tumor, a growth, an infection, a cancer, etc. One treats the initial onset of sciaticaconservatively, and by that I mean simple things, such as ice for the first 24 to 48hours, heat thereafter, for the next 48 hours perhaps, the heat increasing the circulationto the area and getting away some of the metabolites, the cold helping with some of the pain. Inaddition to which we often use certain overthecounter medications, which include things like Tylenol,which include things like Advil, or Aleve. Certain amount of exercise is necessary. Wedo not believe in bed rest for more than 24, maximum 48 hours. Exercise should be nonweightbearing, such as a stationary bicycle, or

a swimming pool, something that doesn't putexcess strength or stress on the affected area. Occasionally, surgery is necessary.Prior to surgery, one must make a definitive diagnosis however, of what is going on, andthis often will require an MRI scan, a myelogram, or a myelogram followed by a CT scan. Initially,if there isn't a dangerous problem occurring, one will consider what's called an epiduralsteroid injection, or a selective nerve root block, both of which you can learn more aboutfrom other parts of spinehealth. Thank you.

What are Cervical Disc Herniation Symptoms and Treatments

Hello. Cervical disc herniation symptoms and treatment. My name is Dan Albright. I'm an orthopedic spine surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina. So, cervical disc herniation first of all cervical means the neck, the cervical spine and the disc is the mobile piece part between the bone, the vertebrae. So that's what a disc is. It's like a tire between the hard bones. A herniation means a rupture, means a blowout sort of like the jelly coming out of a jelly doughnut. Think of the disc like a jelly doughnut and it's the soft part between the bones. There's the outer part and then the inner part is the jelly. And occasionally that jelly squirts out, that's a disc rupture. That's a disc herniation. It's very inflammatory. It hurts. If you have a disc rupture on your nerve you get awful, toothachelike pain going down your arm

down your shoulder blade. It can be pretty tough. So that's the symptom. A symptom is what you feel. What does the patient feel. That's what symptom is. A sign I look for is weakness, reflex changes, changes in your physical exam as a sign. First thing we want to know is what are your symptoms. Typically for a disc rupture it's neck pain, shooting to the shoulder, shooting to the shoulder blades, the scapula, then down the arm. Then again many people say it's like a toothache. A toothache is nerve pain. That's what a disc rupture does it causes nerve pain. Pressed nerves, pinched nerves all the same thing. Our medical term isradiculopathy. You might see that if you are reading about this. So, what do you do about ité What's the treatment for this. Usually it's not surgical but not always. Surgery can be terrific, but first is nonsurgical. One is don't exercise. Don't use your arms. If you have a ruptured disc exercise is bad. This is not a muscle it's a nerve. Nerves getworse with

exercise. You can go ahead an walk. Walk a lot, but don't do any upperbody. Don't lift over a gallon of milk. A gallon of milk is it. Take some Advil. Take some Aleve. If you are allowed tofrom a medical viewpoint. Stay out of a car. A car can aggravate it. You are allowed to be in a car, but the vibrations can get you. Therapy can helphelp sometimes. Sometimes a traction it's a bit oldfashion, but occasionally a traction will pull on the neck and take pressure off the nerve, pressure off the disc. Occasionally traction will help. Occasionally shots can help. We'd send you to a pain for that. A cervical epidural steroid shot can help. Time. We're trying to buy time. If we can get the patient through a week, two weeks, three weeks. Usually nature just calms this down. Nature cures disc ruptures. They absorb. They dissolve. They go away. Those are the main things for treatment. Not everyone gets better with nonsurgery, nonsurgical treatment. Surgery is terrific. It's proven. We go in the front of the neck, sometimes the back of the neck.

Take pressure off the nerve. You wake up and people go quot;aaahquot; the pressure is just gone, just like a toothache the pressure is just gone when you get the tooth fixed. So there are a lot of treatment options that work. Usually nonsurgery treatments, pain pills, or antiinflammatories work, and are enough but if not surgery is the cure, usually. If you'd like to know more. I'd be happy tosee you anytime. My website is danalbrightmd . Our appointments line telephone number is 9198636808. Thanks.

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