24 MaxWell Therapy ‘‘ WHAT IS SCIATICA?’’ Innovative Health - Summer 2016 You look for the “kink” in the hose, right? It’s the same idea with your sciatic nerve. If you have pain, numbness, tingling or heaviness in one or both legs, then you’re getting pressure on the sciatic nerve, most likely in your back, just like the kink in the hose. Relieve the pressure on the nerve… and the pain, numbness, tingling or heaviness goes away. WHAT TYPES OF PROBLEMS IN MY BACK CAN CAUSE SCIATICA? There are 3 Common Causes of sciatica: Herniated Discs; Stenosis (arthritis or disc degeneration); Pelvis or Joint Problems. HOW CAN I TREAT IT SUCCESSFULLY? At Max Well Therapy, LLC, we need to take a look at what’s causing your sciatica, so we first conduct movement tests. We can look at any results of X-rays or MRIs you might have. You don’t necessarily need them, but we can get an idea of which one or two causes you most likely have. After that we design a treatment program based on what is specifically causing your sciatica. Most often, that treatment consists of: Hands-on Physical Therapy; Strengthening and Stretching Traction; Electrical Stimulator; or Ultrasound. A SUPER-IMPORTANT POINT ABOUT SCIATICA TREATMENT One of the biggest mistakes that people with sciatica can make is to think that they have the same problem or the same cause as someone else they know with sciatica. But each of the three causes cited above has a different treatment program specifically for that problem. So someone with stenosis or arthritis going through a different treatment for herniated discs, actually can make the sciatica worse. And that person may think, “Well, I tried Physical Therapy, and it didn’t work for me…” WE’VE REVIEWED OUR RECORDS FOR PEOPLE WHO SUCCESSFULLY OVERCOME SCIATICA, NATURALLY, WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY…AND WE FOUND THIS: Sciatica sufferers who do the best and get back to normal again, and avoid surgery, tend to talk the most with the Physical Therapist. They let the Physical Therapist know what is working, and what is not. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT SCIATICA? Send an e-mail to jmaxwell@ maxwelltherapy.com. I’d love to hear from you…let me know how you’re doing. Share your story with me! Do you have pain, numbness, tingling or heaviness running down one or both legs? Do you have pain in your knee, hip, ankle or foot… and your lower back? If so, then you may have a condition call “sciatica.” THE SCIATIC NERVE The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It is actually 2 nerves. It starts in the lower back... and travels down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve splits into two nerves behind the knee… and travels into the lower leg, ankle and foot. Sciatica is usually caused by a problem in the back or pelvis. HOW CAN A PROBLEM IN MY BACK CAUSE PAIN, NUMBNESS, TINGLING, OR HEAVINESS IN MY LEGS? Have you ever used a garden hose? What happens when you’re spraying the hose and the water pressure completely dies off?
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