Monday, March 1, 2010

Still Having Sciatica? Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center can help!

Millions of people now days are diagnosed with a very common condition known as Sciatica. This is a nerve referral pattern called a Dermatome that is a result of nerve irritation or compression from either a space occupying lesion (ie. Herniation, Protrusion, Bulge), or a nerve entrapment of the soft tissue. In fact only 3 percent of all symptomatic disc injuries/conditions are truely symptomatic from the discs. This leaves at least 90-95 percent or more to the soft tissues of the lower body region. Upon injury or overuse adhesions/scar tissue develops in our tissues due to lack of oxygen/blood flow. These adhesions act like glue an adhere to other muscles or nerves and restrict the amount of lengthening or motion and strength of tissues. When our legs are fully extended such as standing, running, or stretching our nerves must lengthen to accomodate the motion. When adhesions are present in various soft tissues the glide or lengthening of the Sciatic nerve for example is not be allowed to properly function and then symptoms arise. In my years of clinical experience when referrring to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialists, I see patients very frequently who have been treated by these and other specialists with Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections (Intralaminar/Transforaminal/Caudal) and still have their symptoms coming back and wonder why they cannot have sustained Sciatica relief or resolution. This is a result of true misdiagnosis, and lack of treatment and the use of functional movement exams of the soft tissues. Active Release Technique is a soft tissue treatment that is used here at Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center that breaks free the adhesions/scar tissue in the soft tissue that is potentially contributing to the nerve compression/irritation symptoms such as a deep ache, numbness, tingling, throbbing, or sharp pain. So if you are a patient still experiencing Sciatica symptoms, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at 972-312-9310.


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