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.
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When you originally presented to the office,you presented with peripheral leg pain and neuropathy due to a combination of nerve damagein the lower extremities and a disc herniation. We manage you here at our with theDavis Protocol for neuropathy. How have you responded to the treatment, and what's beenyour experiences here in the officeé Well I had the neuropathy, I've had it for 25 or30 years or whatnot. I've had all kinds of physical therapy pills and whatnot and itnever really would get any better. It would always be about the same. I used to go outand go bowling, play golf, I always had to take two aleve in the morning just to getmoving. Take two more aleve before I go bowling
or playing golf or whatever and maybe oneor two at night. Sometimes I take six to eight aleves a day. Now I carry aleve with me, justin case, but I have not had any aleve in the last three, three plus weeks probably. I'mready just in case but because of the treatment I've had, I'm in significantly better shapethan when I walked in the door. And you're happyé Oh I'm happy, I'm a happy camper. Wellcongratulations on your results and we're delighted to have you here as a patient. I'mglad to have been a patient.