Sciatica or sciatic pain
is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body but in rare cases some may have a double sciatica.
Those of you who have had sciatic pain, know how painful it can become. We treat a lot of people for sciatica and one story in particular, made me realize, why what we do is so important. Like most people, their sciatica began slowly. It started with a little uncomfort, while sitting or standing, but nothing unbearable. After a few weeks, they decided to see a doctor. After many tests, the doctor concluded that they had a sciatica issue. The doctor told them, that there was really nothing they could do and “It’s Just a Part of Getting Old”. They gave them a pain prescription and recommend that they see a physical therapist. The physical therapist was able to provide some temporary relief after each season, but the sciatica would flare up after a couple of days and most times worse.
After many months of trying to live a somewhat normal life, the sciatica had gotten almost unbearable. Not having the ability to sit, stand or sleep comfortably for long periods of time, had driven them to a bad place. While searching for any relief, they came across our website: SurgicalAlternative. They read a lot about us and the conditions we can effectively treat. In speaking with them, I let them know that their sciatica was a muscular skeletal issue that was causing it to press on the nerve. I spent some time educating them on what we do and how our therapy can help relieve their pain. After their first session, they started to see positive results. A couple sessions later, their sciatica pain was almost gone and they informed me that they had sleep through the night for the first time in almost a year. AMAZING!!!
We have many other stories like these that we will be sharing throughout the year. Our goal at Surgical Alternative is to help those in pain, enjoy a better life. Our work is highly specialized, we combine cranial, structural and muscular techniques to rebalance the body and release muscular restrictions. We know that we can’t eliminate everyone pain but if we can help improve your quality of life, then that makes all the difference!