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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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How to Read a MRI of a Lumbar Herniated Disc Lower Back Pain Colorado Spine Surgeon

we're going to look now at a lumbar spine MRI of a patient that has a disc herniation and again we see the side view spinal cordending here nerve roots coming out and the white being cerebral spinal fluidthe water these are the vertebra these are the discs the L one two

two three and three four discs arenormal the white on the inside the jelly is full of water the dark plies in thetire normal here at the four five level there is adegenerative disk you don't see the normal white of a normal disc and you see asmall tear in the back of the disc right there at the five one level it looks somewhat like the four fivelevel as it's dark in the disc but you can see a complete rupture atthe back of the disc

and a disc herniation here which isfilling up the spinal canal this is a typical disc herniation you can look at it now from the topdown view and will come down to the five one levelno better yet we will start at three four here and here is thatjelly filled donut the normal jelly on the inside the donut on the outside the sack ofnerves here all of these black dots are

the nerve roots the back of the disc isflat to concave this is normal we come down from that level to the fourfive level and here is a small tear in the back of the disc this is called anannular tear but the nerves behind that tear are not compressed therefore this patient shouldn't haveany nerve pain from this tear we come down to the five one level and here we see a massive herniated disc

you can see on the right side the nervein some of the nerves in the right side are free and open on the left side you'll see that this herniation is compressing the roots here and thispatient has significant left leg pain this is theview of the disc herniation at that level.

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