Sciatica: It Will Have Another
Underlying Medical Condition...

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The Sciatic nerve, in most cases, runs underneath the Piriformis muscle...

Sciatica can be such a pain because the sciatic nerve is the largest and widest single nerve in the body...

So when it kicks off, it is no wonder there seems to be no end of pain through the hip, down the back of the leg, calves and into your feet…

The problem however is not usually the sciatic nerve by itself…

The pain coming from the sciatic nerve is a by-product of another underlying medical condition…

  • Disc bulge/herniation – full or partial spill of the nucleus pulposis...
  • Degenerative Disc Disease – a flattening of the disc…
  • S.I. Joint injury
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis – an inflammatory disease, usually presenting in young males, that eventually causes bones to fuse together can also cause sciatica in some cases…

These are the most common conditions that will cause the by product of sciatica…

  • Spinal Stenosis – a lessening of space in the canal where nerve trunks emerge from the spinal cord…
  • Spondylolysthesis – which involves slippage of the bone; can be found in women after pregnancy…

One Cause Of Sciatica
That is Less Common...

If the sciatic nerve pierces the Piriformis muscle, this is a pre-disposition to nerve pain and dysfunction.

This less common occurrence has to do with an anatomic anomaly (a difference in structure)…

The Sciatic nerve is usually packed safely away underneath the layers of the gluteal and piriformis muscles in your backside, but sometimes…

This huge nerve is positioned in the anatomy in such a way that a small amount of it is looped over the piriformis muscle in a way that leaves it more commonly exposed than it would normally be…

For people who have this anatomic difference, sciatica will have cropped up in minor ways throughout their lifetime, and then gone away as soon as the inflammation decreased sufficiently…

Only to return another time as severe hip pain once the inflammation occurs again…

Getting A Diagnosis
And What To Expect…

The first and best thing to do is of course get some imaging so that the correct diagnosis can be made...


  • If you have a condition that has flared into full sciatica it might be that your back, hip, and your knee will all need to be treated at the same time…
  • You will need to know if you are anatomically pre-dis-positioned or if the symptoms are from another condition…
  • Above all, please note that whatever the diagnosis, your healing time line may span from one to two years. Your age, diet, lifestyle, weight and stress level, all in aggregate, will set the stage for your speed in recovery...

X-ray diagnosis of full blown Sciatica with disc bulge...OUCH!...

What To Do For Pain
Relief At Home…

  • Rest...
  • Ice...
  • Compression...
  • Elevation...

This is the most famous method in treatment for about any joint pain...

The RICE method is fully explained on the back pain relief page and should be incorporated into your daily routine…

Again imaging, x-ray and MRI, being particularly useful in preventing nerve damage that could eventually lead to Cauda Equina Syndrome should you be pre-dispositioned, or damage to the joint that can only be repaired through surgical intervention…

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief

The Uses Of
Chiropractic

Care...

Activator Methods Chiropractic adjusting is both safe and as pain free as it gets...
  • Activator Methods...
  • Thompson Technique...
  • Active Release Technique - A.R.T...
  • Sacral Occipital Technique - S.O.T...

These are four methods in chiropractic that handle hip joint pain expertly and to date are practiced world wide...

As this site grows, I will be generating lists of practitioners, but for now you can Google, Yahoo or Bing to find out who is in your area to treat any back pains you may have...

I recommend adjusting if you have had your imaging diagnostics done that say it is safe for you to do so...

If you have a disc herniation with a full spillage of the disc material, then adjusting will have to  wait because you will need surgical intervention for this type of injury...

So get some pictures first before you embark on the chiropractic route...

Some chiropractors will have x-ray and other diagnostic machinery onsite so in that case, you may wish to ask what type of techniques they use for adjusting as well...

The techniques mentioned above are ones that I used in practice and personally endorse because:

  • They produce results with accuracy and efficiency...
  • They are painless for the patient...
  • They will not inflict more damage because are not rough or invasive in nature...

I refer to them as 'smart chiropractic'...

Keeping your body as aligned and subluxation free as possible speeds healing and is sound preventative holisitic treatment will benefit you in all stages throughout your life...!

Examining Your Diet May
Speed Your Recovery…

If you are eating foods that are unknowingly causing inflammation in your body, changing your diet could speed your recovery from Sciatica and associated condition/s…

Keeping a healthy diet does not only mean that your weight is under control, it also means that you eat foods that behave as medicine;  and they are adding to the health of your body…

It also means avoiding foods that are poisons for your particular metabolism…

The Blood Type Diet by Dr. Peter D'Adamo is a full body of research that has been developing since 1957; having started with and carrying forward his father's research...

Dr. D'Adamo gave me a way to eat that gave my digestive system relief from the Hell it had been in for years by showing me what was medicinal and what was 'poison' for me according to my blood type...

To find out more, go to: www.dadmo.com

One additional thing I will mention regarding the blood type diet…

  • It is a big project to make this shift because most of us like to eat food that makes us happy and sometimes, not healthy…

It is a real change of mind in some instances to eat food that makes you healthy…

Sometimes, food that you are happy to eat does make you healthy too, but not all the time. So it is necessary to examine closely what it is you want out of your food…

What do you want your food to do for you and your body?

Are you looking for only momentary happiness and satiety, or,do you have a goal or target pointed toward your body becoming healthier and being able to efficiently manage any joint pain you may have…?

Total Healing
From Sciatica...

  • Having a clear diagnosis regarding all underlying medical conditions...
  • Putting a plan of action together involving R.I.C.E. at home…
  • Knowing that the healing process for sciatica is a lengthy one…
  • Changing your lifestyle and maybe your eating habits accordingly…

You will be well on your way to a full recovery, eating better and living well…

We can learn a lot about our body, our food, stress, emotions and ourselves when we are put through a process like this. We can also feel as if we have no choice in the matter, but you do…

Educating yourself is of prime importance if you want to recover fully...

Educate Yourself And
Make New Choices…

 If life pushes you, as it is going to do at some point, be pro-active – and push back…

If you have sciatica, there is no magic fairy dust I can sprinkle on you that will serve as an instant cure, but there is you, and you can make the best of a bad situation by making it an opportunity to live your life differently than before…

By making this set back your project and learning as much as you can...

In taking control of the situation you will emerge a stronger person than you will have been with more knowledge and skill...

  • 'Life happens and when it does, it is our choices that matter and make us who we are and who we will become...'

I think J.K. Rowling said that through the character of Dumbledore in one of her Harry Potter books...

Wise woman. Thanks J.K. ...


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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”