Is Your Pain Due to Sciatica?
Is it Sciatica?
Just about everyone who has a pain radiating down the leg is diagnosed with “sciatica.” If a nerve is really pinched you be wracked with pain, 24/7, non-stop pain. The pain of true sciatica or any radiculopathy pain is horrible, “10 out of 10″ pain.
What we more commonly see, especially when people say they have suffered with “sciatic” pain for a few months or years, there is a ligament in the lower back, such as the sacroiliac ligament, that is not stabilizing the pelvis. If this sounds like your case of chronic sciatic pain, most likely the pain or numb feeling down your leg is a referral pain, and not a nerve getting pinched.
What other indications hint toward “pseudo-sciatica?”
- If you can sit in a chair and raise your leg straight out in front of you without reproducing your pain, then most likely you have a ligament injury and not an injury to your sciatic nerve. (In other words, you do not have Lumbar Radiculopathy).
- If you have more low back pain than leg pain, then most likely you have a ligament injury in your lower back and not a pinched nerve.
- If you are in pain but it isn’t to the point of causing you to sweat, you most likely have a ligament injury, not a sciatic nerve getting pinched.
- If you can feel equally in both legs. In other words, the numbness you feel isn’t true numbness, because when someone touches your skin you feel it fine. The term for this is “numbiness.” Numbiness is the sensation of numbness, but on physical examination your sensation (sense of touch) is fine. This is a referral sensation, generally from a ligament injury, not a nerve injury.
We understand. But more importantly, we know how to help! Chronic pain down the legs can be debilitating and cause sleepless nights, uncomfortable car rides, difficulty doing household chores, and pain with sports, among other things. Our comprehensive dextrose Prolotherapy technique has been helping patients like you for years. Please get in touch with our office for an appointment with one of our Prolotherapy specialists, and find an end to sciatic pain for good.