Sciatica

 

Sciatica is a condition that causes pain, burning, numbness or tingling into the lower extremities.  Sciatic pain may increase with sitting or standing and usually involves only one side of the body.  Pain can range from severe and debilitating to occasional and irritating.  You may also have weakness of the legs, difficulty climbing stairs, or loss of bowel and bladder control.  

Sciatica can often be triggered due to a trauma such as being involved in an automobile accident.  Disc injuries or muscle spasm can cause sciatica.  If you have spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), degenerative discs, or are pregnant, you are more likely to have sciatica, especially following the trauma of a car accident.  

If Dr. Moscow suspects that you have a an injury to a disc he may order imaging such as an MRI to evaluate the size and exact location of your injury.  

Each case of sciatica is different and treatment options will be tailored to treat the root cause of the problem.  Every patient presents with a unique set of signs and symptoms and thus gets a treatment plan tailored specifically for your injuries.  

What treatment options are available for sciatica?

Dr. Moscow has 14 years experience of successfully treating sciatica.  Treatment options may include traditional chiropractic adjustments, the use of adjusting devices such as activator or arthrostim, flexion-distraction or decompression therapy, modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, massage therapy, rehab exercises, different types of stretches, or prescription or over the counter medication or even trigger point injections.   

In addition we have excellent relationships with many other physicians in Sarasota including orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain management specialists that we may consult if appropriate. 

Every person is different and deserves an approach to treatment that is best suited to you.

Radiating pain or numbness of the arms and legs

Radiating pain or numbness of the arms and legs is a frequent symptom following the trauma of a car accident.  Other symptoms of nerve damage may include loss of muscle strength, twitching, increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or even generalized muscle weakness or pain.  

Pain and numbness that radiates into the arms and legs is often caused by a disc injury.  If a bulging or herniated disc is pushing against a nerve in the neck, the pain or numbness may travel down the arm into the shoulder, elbow, and even all the way to the hand.  If the bulging or herniated disc is pushing against a nerve in the back, the pain and numbness may run from the lower back in the back of the thigh, knee and foot or you may feel a pain in the buttocks.  Radiating pain or numbness can also be caused by whiplash, muscle spasms, joint injuries, a broken bone, blunt trauma which causes compression of the nerve, or bone spurs may be forced against the nerve during an accident.  

Dr. Moscow may order imaging such as an MRI to evaluate the size and exact location of your injury.  Each case of radiating pain and numbness is different and may have different root causes.  Thus treatment options will be tailored to treat the root cause of the problem.  Every patient presents with a unique set of signs and symptoms and thus gets a treatment plan tailored specifically for your injuries.  You deserve a treatment plan tailored to your specific injuries.  

If Dr. Moscow may order imaging such as an MRI or CT scan to evaluate the size and exact location of your injury.  

Each case of radiating pain or numbness is different and treatment options will be tailored to treat the root cause of the problem.  Every patient presents with a unique set of signs and symptoms and thus gets a treatment plan tailored specifically for your injuries.  

What treatment options are available for radiating pain or numbness of the arms and legs?

Dr. Moscow has 14 years experience of successfully treating radiating pain or numbness into the arms and legs.  Treatment options may include traditional chiropractic adjustments, the use of adjusting devices such as activator or arthrostim, flexion-distraction or decompression therapy, modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, massage therapy, rehab exercises, different types of stretches, or prescription or over the counter medication, or even trigger point injections.  

In addition we have excellent relationships with many other physicians in Sarasota including orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain management specialists that we may consult if appropriate. 

Every person is different and deserves an approach to treatment that is best suited to you.