Sciatica or sciatic neuralgia is a commoncondition in which one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve is compressed resultingin lower back, buttock and leg pain. Sciatic nerve is a large nerve derived from 5 spinalnerve roots: L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. It runs from the lumbar spine through the buttockdown the leg and the foot on the posterior aspect. There is one sciatic nerve on eachside of the body. Typically, only one side of the body is affected.A typical sciatica pain is described as a sharp shooting pain in the lower back, downthe buttock, thigh and leg on one side of the body. There may also be numbness, burningand tingling sensations. The pain can get
worse with sitting, moving, sneezing, or coughing.The patterns of pain depend on which nerve root is compressed, and follow the dermatomedistribution. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniatedspinal disc. The spinal disc is a soft elastic cushion that sits in between the vertebraeof the spine. With age, the discs become rigid and may crack, the gellike center of thedisc may protrude out and become a herniation outside the normal boundaries of the disc.Disc herniation presses on the nerve root as it exits the spine.In majority of the cases the condition resolves by itself after a few weeks of rest and conservativetreatment. Pain relief, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory
drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed.Stretching exercises and physical therapy may be recommended.Surgery may be needed if the pain doesn't go away after 3 months or more of conservativetreatments. The herniated disc may be removed in a procedure called discectomy. Or, in anotherprocedure called laminotomy, part of the bone of the vertebrae may be cut to make room forthe nerve.
My name is Carlos DeAlejandro, uh, I wantedto tell you about my experiences with Ling and, uh, and acupuncture. In the early1980's as a young policeman I suffered an injury to my lower back, uh, affecting anarrest on an individual, uh, on a narcotic case. I had to search one and I hurt my lowerback, and uh, went to my and they, they diagnosed. they diagnosed the injuryas a herniated disc in my lower back. I went through some therapy an and I suffered fora long time with it. And in 2002 I just found out by looking at the records, 2002, uh, I,uh early 2002, about January. What therapy you went throughé You mentionedabout therapy.
Therapy, I went through therapy where theymassaged. Massaged. Massaged, but I still suffered with the pain.I couldn't sleep at night, I was uh, every night I'd have to. I'd have to pop, youknow Ibuprofens or whatever I could find for pain, and, for a long period of time and,one. one year in January, and I guess that now I found out it that it was about 2002,an Asian friend of mine, Korean lady, we were, we were out and she saw that I was, wasn'tbeing sociable because I was in pain. And she said, I'm gonna make an appointment foryou Carlos, I want you to go see this person.
Uh, an, and she identified Ling, and,uh, I want you to go see, I'm gonna make the appointment for you so, um, anywa I'll neverforget this day, it was Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2002. She made the appointment for youé She made the appointment for me, and I camein on Valentine's Day, uh, to see Ling, an, and I was skeptical about. what itwas all about. That was what yearé Um, I think it was about 2002.
2002é 2002. Uhhuh. This is eleven years ago. Yeah, and I was skeptical about, what it wasgonna be all about, and uh, you know I was a policeman and we were trained, you know,you don't trust very many people, but. but, I came in and I uh, and I. he examined meand he, he, his dig. his diagnosis at the time he said was the sciatic nerve that wentfrom my lower back to my leg 'cause I had extreme pain in my right leg.
That's it. Did it run down to the right. It ran, it would run down my leg and I wouldfeel electrical, uh, like uh, a shockwave. Sensations. .yeah, sensations in my toes, and real badpain. So anyway, that uh, that first treatment was February 14th, 2002, that first treatment,uh, I didn't realize that it had worked because it would bother me, especially when I wouldsleep, the pain in my leg. And, uh, that night when I went to sleep, the next morning I wokeup and my wife told me, you know what, and I said, what's thaté You didn't complain.You didn't toss and turn. You slept. And I
realized that I had slept all night long andfrom that point on. the pain went away, so, uh, I I attribute it to, the acupuncturefor what it did and the pain just went away. Since then I've had other treatments and uh,right now I'm here because I, II I have a pain in my uh, neck and it goes down tomy uh, arm. Right arm. And I've gone to my medical and he's, he's informed that,he believes that it's a nerve from my, uh, a pinched nerve from my spine going into myright arm and I just received a treatment now, and now I don't feel any pain right nowwhich is great. I'm hopin' that. I'm hopin' this treatment works for this particular situationtoo, so, uh, but a ac you know, acupuncture's