Archive for the ‘Sciatica’ Category

Will I Have To Live With It Forever?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Why Some People Get Well – And Others Can’t

When discussing the subject of why some people get well and others can’t, there are many different variables that come into focus.   While it is true that science has yet to come up with a cure for the common cold, much less for serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many others, there are often more common reasons that are in each individual’s control.

Many people choose the wrong kind of doctor for their condition, and hence, often end up with the wrong kind of treatment.  Other individuals are too impatient, often expecting an overnight cure for a long-standing condition.

Still others accept advice from their doctor, but choose not to follow it.  Regretfully, there are some who don’t value their health and body performance enough to try to protect it until it’s gone.

Masking Symptoms – Ignoring Causes

While it is true that not all causes of health conditions can be found, one of the largest reasons for a growing number of chronic health conditions is the use of too many symptomatic relievers, including those who never even think to search for a cause of their condition.

While I belief that everyone has to do what they have to do, the truth about symptom relievers is they merely mask symptoms and ignore the cause of the underlying condition.  In other words, pain medications fool the mind into believing all is well with the body – when in fact, it isn’t.  This only provides the underlying cause of the symptoms time to grow worse, often irreversibly.

Given enough time, the cause of many conditions will grow so bad that no matter what is done, the body can’t turn itself around and heal the condition.

This is called “The Limitations of Time and Matter.” Don’t be confused by the name. Through the use of metaphors, it’s actually quite easy to understand……….

Rotten Meat And Spoiled Milk

At one time or another, most of us have left a piece of raw meat sitting in the open air a bit too long, and by the time we get around to it the meat has spoiled and no longer any good.

The longer it sits, the more spoiled it becomes.  Once the meat has spoiled, it can’t become unspoiled.

The same is true with dairy products.  Have you ever tried to unspoil milk?  Quite impossible, isn’t it?  In both of these cases, the products can be said to have gone beyond the limitations of time and matter. Too much time has passed.  The matter has changed.  They can’t be brought back.  They can’t be made good again.

Ever Try To Unboil A Hard-Boiled Egg?

Have you ever tried to unboil a hard-boiled egg?  This too, is also quite impossible.  Once the matter changes, it can’t be changed back.  The same can be said for failing to grease the moving parts of a machine.  If there is not enough lubricant in the moving parts, metal will begin rubbing against metal until the parts are destroyed – or damaged so significantly they can’t be made to function normally again.

If the engine in our car was knocking profusely, we wouldn’t turn up the stereo so we couldn’t hear the knock and pretend there wasn’t a problem.

If the fire alarm woke us in the middle of the night, we wouldn’t get up, shut off the alarm, ignore the smoke and flames and go back to bed, believing that by shutting off the alarm it was going to put out the fire.

Yet, this is exactly what happens when we take symptomatic relievers.  They shut off the body’s warning system and ignore the fire within.

Fooling The Mind At the Expense Of The Body

The majority of chronic conditions were once just a small symptom that was covered up with symptomatic relievers for too long and allowed time to grow worse.   This fooling of the mind at the expense of covering a body ailment through symptomatic relievers has led many people into chronic conditions for which they now have no recourse.

The chiropractic profession does not represent itself as a cure-all for all of mankind’s ailments.  However, it has an enviable safety and success record of helping people where other things have been tried and failed, even for many who’ve been told “Nothing more can be done.”  Perhaps chiropractic can help you, as well.

To summarize the law of “The Limitations of Time and Matter”……….  Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

For more information about the wonderful benefits of chiropractic care and how chiropractic may be able to help you, please go to http://www.DrJackAdrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Sciatica Nerve Pain

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Sciatica – Sciatic Leg Pain

Sciatic Leg Pain, also known as sciatica, is a condition caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve as it exits from your spine.  It can affect one leg or both.

There are two sciatic nerves in your body which come off your lower spine.

They’re the longest and largest nerves in your body, reaching about the diameter of your thumb as they exit the lower back and run all the way down both legs to your feet.

If the sciatic nerves are compressed or pinched in any way, they can cause pain, numbness or weakness in the back, buttocks, knees, legs, calves, feet or toes, and can interfere with sleep, work, enjoyment and overall quality of life.

The most common cause of sciatic nerve pain is a troubled disc in your lower back.

The three most common disc conditions responsible for sciatica are a bulged, herniated or decayed disc in your back.

Of course, there are other causes of leg pain, such as diabetes or circulatory disease, but discs problems leading to sciatica are the leading cause of nerve pain in the legs.

Toothache In Your Leg?

The pain from sciatica can be dull, numbing and tingling, or can throb like a “toothache in your leg.”

It can send sharp spikes of pain down one or both legs and feel much like touching a live electrical wire.  It can hurt more or less when you’re seated, walking, standing bending or lying down; or when you cough, sneeze or lift something.

It can be some of the worst pain imaginable that if the consequences weren’t so bad, some people say they’d like to “cut their leg off.”

What Can Be Done To Help?

If you’ve already tried, rest ice, heat and/or medications with little to improvement, it’s likely that none of these things are going to offer much assistance in the future, and you’re in need of professional help.

Being that the most common cause of sciatica is a disc condition in your lower back, your answer may lie in a treatment that has been shown effective for most sciatic leg pain suffers known as non-surgical Disc Decompression Treatment.

Disc Decompression Treatment is a safe, drugless, non-surgical treatment to help in the relief, management and/or correction of low back pain and sciatic leg pain caused by troubled discs.   Decompression therapy relieves pain by unloading of the pressures of gravitational stress on the vertebral discs that compress discs, and irritate the nerves that cause sciatica.

Disc Decompression Therapy is comfortable, relaxing and even enjoyable, so much so that many patients actually fall asleep during the treatment with their reduced state of pain.  The gentle stretching revolutions reduce nerve pressure and promote fluid exchange, helping to improve healing naturally.

Excellent First Line of Defense

Non-surgical decompression therapy is an excellent first line of defense against sciatica.

Pain medications and muscle relaxants will often reduce the pain but only serve to cover up the underlying cause, often only providing it time to grow worse.  When successful, surgery is considered a true blessing for some, but success percentages of surgery are only about 50%, with many people left with more pain than before the surgery in those cases where surgery fails.

Non-surgical disc decompression therapy offers the highest overall success percentages of any treatment in conservative back care.  With success percentages as high as 88%, condition dependant, non-surgical decompression therapy offers a much higher success percentage than even surgery itself.   It often works even when other forms of treatment haven’t, even for many who have already undergone back surgery and found no relief.

At ChiroCenter, we’ve successfully helped many thousands of people overcome the challenges of sciatic leg pain.  Don’t let a “toothache in your leg” get you down…….

For a complete report about Sciatic Nerve Pain and Decompression Therapy, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Sciatica Nerve and Leg Pain

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Sciatic Nerve Pain

When experiencing stress, irritation or compression, the sciatic nerve can cause pain at any point in its distribution, either in the lower back, buttocks, hamstrings, knees, legs, calves, feet and/or toes.  The pain usually starts in the buttocks and extends down the rear of the thigh and lower leg to the sole of the foot and along the outer side of the lower leg to the top of the foot.  Back pain is found with sciatic leg pain about 50% of the time.

The amount and location of pressure on the nerve as it exits the lower back determines the intensity of the pain.  It can cause problems in one leg or both at the same time.  The pain can also switch back and forth from one side to the other.

Symptoms Often Include

The symptoms of sciatic leg pain (sciatica) are not always the same in all individuals. .

It may send jolts of pain into your leg that feels much like “touching a live electric wire.”

It may hurt or throb “like a toothache” in any part of your leg or foot.

It may cause deep numbness or a feeling of “pins and needles” in your leg, foot or toes.

It may hurt more or less when seated, standing, walking, bending or lying down.

It may come on quickly as a result of bending or lifting, or slowly develop over time.

It may be increased when you cough, sneeze, bend of lift, and pain ranges anywhere from an annoyance to the most miserable pain imaginable.

Symptoms may be constant or “come and go” nature.  Some people experience just one or two of the above symptoms.   Other people experience the majority of them all at once.

The Most Common Causes

The three most common causes of sciatic leg pain are a bulging, herniated or decayed disc in your lower back.  Any of these can compress the sciatic nerve as it comes off your spine.  The result is frequently any of the symptoms previously described above.

The problem is frequently caused by a lifting injury.  Other events can include a slip, fall, auto accident, breakdown from a previous injury, repetitive work positions, and in many cases of slow development, comes about simply from the process of living.

Common Things To Avoid

Sciatica often worsens with extended rest or long periods of sitting.  Long-term heat can cause sciatica to worsen.

Be careful to keep your environment free of things where you could unnecessarily slip of fall.  Avoid moving machinery and optional lifting to reduce chances of a greater injury.

Back braces weaken muscles over time and should be avoided, as they set the stage for an even more serious injury.

Try to avoid too many temporary pain relievers at the risk of allowing time for the cause to crow worse.

Due to a 50/50 chance of surgical failure, all non-surgical options should be exhausted, with surgery being viewed only as a last resort. 

What Can Be Done To Help?

Disc Decompression Therapy is a highly-successful, non-surgical treatment in helping with sciatic nerve pain.  It frequently works when other approaches will not.

With disc decompression therapy, the gentle, repetitive, cyclical, stretching revolutions create a negative vacuum in the disc helping to remove pressure off the sciatic nerve.  This also promotes fluid exchange to help the cause of the sciatic pain, the damaged disc, to heal naturally. The percentage of success is very high, and treatment is comfortable, relaxing and even enjoyable.

ChiroCenter is pleased to offer the people of Troy and Miami County more available decompression equipment options than any other spinal care facility in the area that we are aware of, and we offer the most time-tested non-surgical techniques available in the field of back care.  These are just some of the reasons why our percentage of treatment success is so high for so many people.

For a complete report about sciatica and how Disc Decompresson therapy may be able to help you, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.