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The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve bundle in the body and it’s impact goes from your lower back into your buttocks and down your legs to your feet. No wonder this large nerve has such a profound impact on your well-being and pain level. Many people develop sciatica out of the blue. After an airplane ride, a long car ride or just after many hours of sitting. The diagnosis of sciatica comes after irritation of one of the nerve roots from your lower spine or sacrum that join to make up the sciatic nerve. Commonly compression or inflammation of the sciatic nerve leads to pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, difficulty with walking or moving your leg.
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Most causes of sciatica are a result of disc prolapse in one of the lumbar discs that protrudes and irritates the nerve root leading to the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is mostly one sided so your symptoms are rarely noticed on both sides of your body. Spinal stenosis or narrowing of the outlets through which the nerve roots pass is another common cause leading to nerve inflammation. Piriformis syndrome, cause by the sciatic nerve strangling the sciatic nerve is also a problematic cause of chronic sciatica.
Treatment of chronic sciatica includes treatment for the disc degeneration through the use of traditional prolotherapy, the use of neural prolotherapy to address the painful and tender points down the leg into the foot. Often irritation of the nerve follows the nerve distribution leading to tender spots down the leg. Biopuncture is often employed to reduce overall inflammation and to assist in rebuilding the disc if necessary. Usually only one or two treatments are sufficient to repair all pain and to get you back into a normal activity, no matter how long or how chronic the problem.
See too, our article on Low back pain.
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