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At our Naperville chiropractic clinic "sciatic pain" is one of the most common chief complaints. "Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve and its branches from your back down your buttock and leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. Sciatica is a symptom, not a disorder. The radiating pain of sciatica signals another problem involving the nerve, such as a herniated disk" (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ sciatica/DS00516).

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Since "sciatic pain" is one of the most common reasons an individual seeks low back treatment like chiropractic care lets make sure we clearly define the root cause.  A prime symptom of sciatica is leg pain in conjunction with herniated discs. As reported by the US Chiropractic Directory in 2010, "Pain radiating down your leg secondary to a herniated disc is a common and often disabling occurrence. When a person experiences trauma and the forces are directed at the spine and disc. The pressure on the inside of the disc is increased (like stepping on a balloon) and the internal nucleus pulposis creates pressure from the inside out. It tears the outer annulus fibrosis causing the internal material to go beyond the outer boundaries of the disc. This has often been misnamed a ‘slipped disc’ because the disc doesn’t slip or slide, it is torn from the trauma allowing the internal material to escape.

Disc Bulge vs. Disc Herniation

Disc Bulge vs. Disc Herniation

Conversely, a bulging disc, which gets confused with a herniated disc, is a degenerative "wear and tear scenario" that occurs over time with the annulus fibrosis degenerating. This can also be a "risk factor" allowing the disc to herniate with less trauma due to the degeneration or thinning of the disc walls. 

 

Lifetime prevalence of a herniated disc has been estimated to be 35% in men and 45% in woman and it has been estimated that 90% of all leg pain secondary to herniated discs occurs at either the L4-5 or L5-S1 levels. It has also been reported that average duration of symptoms is 55.9 weeks, underscoring the critical necessity for finding a viable solution for these patients

Dr. Tom stretches a patients low back

Dr. Tom stretches a patients low back

 Both the surgical and chiropractic groups reported no new neurological problems surfaced and had only minor post-treatment soreness. 60% of the patients who underwent chiropractic care reported a successful outcome while 40% required surgery and of those 40%, all reported successful outcomes. Of those patients choosing surgery as the primary means of treatment, 15% reported a failed surgical outcome and then chose chiropractic as a secondary choice. Of those 15% with failed surgeries, all were reported to have performed worse in clinical outcomes. 

At Victory Rehab in Naperville we perform all the necessary tests and examinations to determine whether or not we can help you.  Our treatments for low back and sciatic pain are evidence based to allow our patients the best chance of success.  If you are experiencing low back pain and live in Naperville or the surrounding area and are curious if you are a chiropractic patient click here to schedule a comprehensive consultation and exam. 

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