Ouch, that hurt again. OK, you do suffer from chronic low back pain, but if you move just the right way, a pain jolts down your leg. It must be a bulged disc, right? Or maybe it’s some other form of sciatica. It has to be nerve pain because it goes down my leg stopping at the knee.
Does this sound like you? Maybe you’ve even been to the medical world, and they told you it’s sciatica. Sadly, many people jump to this conclusion just because there is pain going down the leg. And while sciatica is still possible (although unlikely), there is a likely problem. This problem is called facet syndrome. And the good news is that it’s far less serious than sciatica. As a result, it is also usually far easier to treat.
Facet syndrome is when one of the smaller joints in the spine rubs together. This can produce both local pain and pain down the leg. However, the leg pain typically does not go below the knee. Common medical intervention ranges from pain medications to cover the symptoms, to physical therapy, or even an injection in the affected joint. And while these treatments can provide temporary relief, often your condition comes back. Sometimes, a professional will misdiagnose your condition as some form of sciatica.
While it’s important to remember that either case is possible, the more likely problem is facet syndrome. This is why I perform a thorough examination in my office. This comprehensive evaluation includes muscular testing, skeletal analysis, a neurological exam and an orthopedic exam, as well as a detailed history and basic vitals. When necessary, I will order any necessary imaging pinpoint your problem. If it is sciatica, we’ll figure out what type and address it appropriately. If it is facet syndrome, chiropractic has a strong track record.
In our office we use a comprehensive combined approach to facet syndrome. We start with specific chiropractic corrections to carefully ease joint pressure. Then we compliment this with a custom home exercise program to reinforce joint health and movement. Then we support healthy joint function with enzyme nutrition. With this cutting edge nutrition, we focus on helping your body digest, absorb and use the vital nutrients needed for joint healing and health.
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Do you suffer from low back pain? Do you have serious symptoms running down one or both legs? Are you missing out on work family or fun? This can be a sign of a serious condition. Please don’t wait. Give us a call and set up a consultation. I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. Then we can schedule a thorough examination. At that time I’ll order or examine any images and perform a thorough examination so we can discover the cause of your suffering. After that we can either put the best plan in place, or provide you with the right referral.
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If you decide to call us and set up a consultation, we will provide direct, personal attention in a peaceful and unrushed atmosphere. We are dedicated to helping you reclaim your healthy lifestyle without harmful drugs or surgery.