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What is Sciatica’s hidden cause?

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 @ 02:56 PM

Herniated disc l5 s1 treatmentThere was an earlier blog post about Stephanie Hill and her treatment for sciatica. She had treatment at other physical therapy clinics and had not gotten better. Her primary complaint was pain in the back and hip and down her leg. Her pain was diagnosed by the others as sciatica; this is because the pain was down her leg in a typical pattern for sciatica. 

The treatment she had received at the other clinics was addressing her hip and her sciatic nerve.  Their goal was to decrease her symptoms of sciatica, by targeting the muscles around the nerve.  She did not get better.  When she came to the Illinois Back Institute our goal was to truly identify the source of the pain.  A thorough evaluation of her spine in conjunction with an MRI revealed that the nerves were being pinched in the spine, so she did have sciatica.

If the issues are not addressed in her spine her pain will not go away.

The evaluation revealed a herniated disc and a bulging disc. Our treatment was specifically designed to address the issue at her discs. By eliminating her bulging and herniated disc her leg pain went away. Our therapy was designed to address what was pinching the nerve.

If you listen to Stephanie’s testimonial video she says she didn’t have sciatica, although she did. She made this statement because the core of our entire treatment revolved around her herniated disc and bulging disc (the hidden causes).  We didn’t talk about her sciatica because it was only the symptom of a deeper cause.  Sciatica is a symptom not a cause, It’s the what not the why. The why is the hidden cause.

5 most common causes of sciatica, are the hidden causes!

Our goal is to eliminate the symptoms of sciatica by addressing the hidden causes.  In Stephanie’s cases she had sciatica but in our case we only treated the herniated disc. The hidden cause is typically deeper inside the spine.  Look deeper combined with treating properly and the sciatica will go away.

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