What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is an irritation to the sciatica nerve that runs out of the lumbar region of the back.
Most commonly presents as lighting type pain that runs down your leg.
The definition of sciatica is a pain syndrome causing the symptoms to present themselves in many different ways and therefore there are different ways to treat sciatica pain.
Check out my blog "What is Sciatica's Hidden Cause?"
What is NOT Sciatica?
Sciatica is not muscle spasms
Sciatica is not knee pain that is only in the knee and does not travel elsewhere
Sciatica is not hip pain after one has fallen and one feels a specific pin point pain on their hip. This is a common misdiagnosis in the older population.
Why is Illinois Back Institute Different?
Nerves do not show up on x-rays so on x-rays the results may appear normal but here at the Illinois Back Institute before therapy begins we always send our patients to receive an MRI to examine the nerve and see why the nerve is irritated
-This can be for a few reason and the most common ones are:
1) A disc pressing onto the nerve causing irritation
2) Bones being out of alignment that presses against the nerve and cause irritation
3) Muscle pinching the nerve
Sciatic pain here is treated at the Illinois Back Institute through the multiple modalities including: medical evaluation from the medical doctors, treatments with the chiropractors, custom exercises sessions with the physical therapist and our target specific equipment which relives the irritated nerve. Click here to set up a FREE cosultation today!