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Contents of this article:
- About Sciatica
- What is Sciatica
- What Causes Sciatica
- What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica
- Sciatica Treatment
- How is Sciatica Diagnosed?
- How to Fix Your Sciatica?
- How does it work?
- How long does it take to know if the treatment is working for you?
- What is the cost of the treatment?
- Is it covered by Medicare or Health Funds?
- Contact us now for a FREE CONSULT
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a syndrome that can be recognised by the characterstic “radiating” pain along the sciatic nerves. The sciatic nerve is largest and longest nerve in our body. It starts in the lower back and then travels down through the hip and buttock. The pain travels further down the leg where it spreads into two branches at the knee. Each leg has its own sciatic nerve.
What causes Sciatica?
Herniated (also know as Bulging) disc
One of the most common causes of sciatica is a herniated disc.
The discs that can stick out, are the intervertebral discs. These are the more or less softer discs who function as a buffer or cushion between the vertebrae of the spine. Once the outer layer of these discs become weak – mostly caused by age or injurie – the center of the disc can bulge (stick) out, resulting in a herniated (or bulging) disc.
If the pressure on any of the nerve roots (there are 5 pairs) in the spine gets increasesed by a protruded disc they can cause pain down the sciatic nerve. A herniated disc is not the only cause of excessive pressure to the nerve root. Also leaking material from the soft center of the disc can cause irritation, resulting in further inflammation.
Piriformis syndrome can be another cause of sciatica. The piriformis is a small muscle that lies deep underneath the gluteal muscles of the buttocks. The muscle makes it possible to externally rotate the hip and stabilize it. The sciatic nerve passes the piriformis directly. When the piriformis muscle tightens up, spasms, or becomes swollen, the piriformis syndrome occurs.
If this happens, the Piriformis can compress the sciatic nerve. Sometimes, the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis instead of underneath it. People who have this specific problem are more likely to have sciatic nerve problems.
Bony growths (osteophytes)
Bone spurs or osteophytes are outgrowths on the edges of joints. Bone spurs form in the area where cartilage is worn away (for example in arthritis) and bone is rubbing on bone. Bone spurs are not causing pain by themselves, but sometimes, they can rub on nearby bone or nerves, causing problems. Around lumbar area bone spurs can intrude into the space normally reserved for the nerves and cause sciatica.
Lumbar spinal canal stenosis
Lumbar spinal canal stenosis means that the available space in the lumbar spina is narrowing, resulting in an increase of pressure on the nerves. This on its turn can cause pain in the back, pain down the sciatic nerve and weaker muscles in the legs. If you have lumbar spinal canal stenosis it is likely you will have back pain 90% of the time. Additionally, numbness and leg pain occur when you start walking. Older people (50+) are more likely to have spinal stenosis.
Sciatica can also be caused by Spondylolisthesis (a compressed nerve root of the sciatic nerve) as a result from arthritis. But also by tumors impinging on the spinal cord or the nerve roots. Severe back pain extending to the hips and feet, loss of bladder or bowel control, or muscle weakness, may result from spinal tumors. Trauma to the spine, such as from a car accident, may also lead to sciatica.
What are the signs and symptoms of Sciatica?
A symptom is what we experience, feel and/or can report related to our health condition, while signs are what others can observe. For example, pain is usually a symptom, while a swelling could be a sign.
The pain from sciatica reflects the way our sciatic nerve travels and can be felt deep in the buttock, at the back of the leg, sometimes it ca even travel down to the foot. The pain often comes with tingling, strange sensation, ‘pins and needles’, numbness, and often accompanied with a weakness in the leg.
Sciatica is most likely felt in only one leg at a time. The pain can range from a mild ache to extremely strong pain. Sciatic nerve pain sometimes can be felt when you cough, sneeze and sit for a long time. Sciatica often comes with a lower back pain.
In many cases sciatica can improve by itself within a few weeks and will not cause a permanent damage. If your pain doesn’t improves after a couple of weeks, search for professional help. If you experience such symptoms like: no control of your bladder or bowels, severe pain, weakness of your muscles or numbness – you must seek medical help immediately.
How is Sciatica Diagnosed?
The doctor will take your medical history in account and perform an examination of the legs and especially the spine. Certain movements will need to be demonstrated in order to be able to check if your strength, reflexes and flexibility are affected.
Because X-rays don’t show herniated discs or nerve damage, these aren’t used as a matter of course. However these can show bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, narrowed disc spaces and other bone diseases. When symptoms are recurring or getting worse, MRI and or CT scans are often used to find the cause of the sciatica.
How to Fix Your Sciatica?
There are many treatment techniques, drugs and surgeries dedicated to the treatment of Sciatica. However many latest medical studies indicate that Ozone injections and Prolozone are very effective DRUG FREE and SURGERY FREE treatments that bring hope to many Sciatica sufferers. The recent discovery of Prolozone and Ozone Injection Therapy has changed the picture.
How does it work?
Ozone Injection Therapy has been a recently discovered method of Regenerative Medicine that naturally acts as powerful anti-inflammatory medicine and trigger a cascade of regenerative reactions on a cellular level, resulting activation of Stem Cells and repair of the damaged tissue. (Read more by clicking here)
How long does it take to know if the treatment is working for you?
Majority of patients report improvement already after one treatment. But usually within the first 3 treatments you should see some improvements.
What is the cost of the treatment?
The standard treatment of Ozone Injection Therapy is $150. Multiple treatments come with customised pricing.
Is it covered by Medicare or Health Funds?
The treatment is still new and is not covered by Medicare or Health Funds.
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