Sciatica From Disc Degeneration

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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Low Back Pain Part 6 Degenerative Disc Disease DDD

(soft rock music) Degenerative disc diseaseis almost universal. It's essentially, what I like to call, wear and tear on the spine. The discs within the spine are. how I describe it, like a jelly donut. There's a jelly in thecenter and hard caritlage rings around the outside.

These are the discs in between the bones. These are the cushions,the shock absorbers. This is where thedeterioration first occurs. Where we have drying of the discs, narrowing of the spaces. As the discs become more narrow, the nerve holes, where these nerves exit, become narrow.

And the central canal, whichis where the spinal cord and spinal nerves are, thatbecomes narrow as well. The symptoms of degenerative disc disease, or DDD as we call it, can span just about anyother cause of back pain. You can have pure back pain inthe center of the lower back, which is typical of pain inthe disc, in and of itself, You can have pain radiatingout along the beltline,

which is typical of muscular pain or jointrelated pain, thosestructures will become painful as the wear and tear occurs. You'll have joint pain in thefacet, or facet, or zjoints of the spine as the muscles try to splint and get tight to tryto stabilize the spine, you'll get muscle pain, muscle spasms. You can also, with narrowingof the spaces around the nerve,

because of collapse of thespine with the wear and tear, you can also have nerve pain. Which then radiates or can radiate down down the leg, even past the knee towards the foot or the ankle. You can also have positional discomforts. Things like, quot;It hurts memore when I stand and walk,quot; versus, quot;It hurts me more when I sit,quot;

quot;It hurts me more gettingup out of the chair quot;but once I'm up andmoving, it's a bit better.quot; Essentially any pain that anyonecan have in the lower back could be related todegenerative disc disease. So as part of my usual examination after watching the patientwalk into the room, and see how they walk, see how they move, see how they do thingslike sit on the chair,

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