If your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, the condition is called sciatica (pronounced si-ad-i-ka). The pain can be intense! It often follows the path of your nerve down the back of your leg and thighs, ankle, foot and toes, but it can also radiate to your back. In addition to burning, and sharp pains you may also feel nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations, or tenderness. Ironically, your leg may also feel numb.

To complicate matters, although sciatic pain is usually in the back of the legs or thighs, in some people it can be in the front or the side of the legs, or even in the hips. For some, the pain is in both legs – bilateral sciatica!

The quality of pain may vary. There may be constant throbbing, but then it may let up for hours or even days. It may ache or be knife-like. Sometimes postural changes, like lying down or shifting positions affects the pain and sometimes not. In severe cases, sciatica can cause a loss of reflexes or even a wasting of your calf muscles.

For sciatica sufferers, a good night’s sleep may be a thing of the past. Simple things like walking, sitting, or standing up can be difficult or impossible.

We take a unique approach to the treatment and prevention of sciatica. After a thorough neurological examination we determine which part of the nervous system is not functioning properly. In many sciatica patients we may find a high mesencephalic (mid-brain) output.

A high output of the mesencephalon will cause problems with the regulation of the autonomic nervous system. ( The portion of the nervous system which controls your non-voluntary functions. )

Along with a high mesenphalic output, the sciatica patient may have a decreased output of the cerebellum. The cerebellum is in the back part of the brain, and it controls postural integrity

No matter what the condition, it is imperative that the doctor performs a thorough and comprehensive exam to determine the exact nature of your condition.

In order for a patient to perceive pain, an area of the brain must have a higher frequency of firing. If the pain is bilateral or on both sides, there may be different central structures involved such as the brain stem or cerebellum. It is my job to determine which aspect of the central nervous system is not working properly.

you read this information you can definitely understand there MULTIPLE TRIGGERS to your SCIATICA. Only through proper testing and appropriate intervention can you rid yourself of this terrible problem.