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What is sciatica?
The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.
The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the "sciatic nerve." Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin.
- The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back, typically at lumbar segment 3 (L3).
- At each level of the lower spine a nerve root exits from the inside of the spinal canal, and each of these respective nerve roots then come together to form the large sciatic nerve.
- The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the back of each leg.
- Portions of the sciatic nerve then branch out in each leg to innervate certain parts of the leg—the thigh, calf, foot, and toes.
Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs)
- Pain that is worse when sitting
- Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling, or searing (versus a dull ache)
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, and/or toes
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk
- Pain that radiates down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes (it rarely occurs only in the foot)
- Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Symptoms are usually based on the location of the pinched nerve.
6 Most Common Causes of Sciatica:
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Non Surgical Treatment For Spine Conditions
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is unique and supported by evidence based medicine. It has been formulated in our primary branch in the USA and implemented in other branches and has been updated since 1991.
We have successfully treated more than 50,000 patients with this protocol at our branches in U.S.A and GCC.
At American Spine Center we not only focus on treating the symptoms of the disease but also on the underlying root cause.
Our aim is to treat the patient as a whole with successful results.
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is based on 4 key principles
- Consultation & Education: The first step towards a successful treatment is consultation and education. This includes a detailed history and physical examination and review of previous records with the patient. At this stage our specialists will recommend the appropriate medication regimen.
- Decompression Therapy: This treatment targets the disc to provide negative intra-discal pressure which improves blood flow and hydration of the affected disc. This creates a healing environment to improve spinal disease. Intervertebral Disc Decompression is an advanced non-surgical technology. It comprises of a series of treatment sessions that are specifically designed for each patient.
- Non-Surgical Pain Procedures: These procedures are an integrated part of our successful protocol of non-surgical treatment, and it ensures success rates. A series of therapeutic injections are administered to very specific areas of the spine to alleviate pain that would otherwise interfere with daily life. Our Pain Physicians are skilled in using this advanced method of Pain Management with care and safety. We use C-ARM and ultrasound guide for precise placement of the needle for increased effectiveness and to avoid any potential side effect.
- Nutrition & Wellness: We believe that the patient’s active participation in the treatment protocol produces long-lasting results. We review all conditions as well as risk factors. We address many issues; such as smoking cessation, overweight problems, ergonomic posture, and exercises that can fit into any lifestyle or schedule. Implementing these changes will improve the chances of long-lasting results so the patient can enjoy a normal active life.