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Category - Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment

The symptoms of Sciatica are fairly easy to diagnose but the pain can range from mild tingling to extreme burning causing crippling discomfort.  Pain radiating down one leg is generally the first sign but others include weakness in the leg or foot (footdrop), and numbness.  There’s plenty of exercises on Youtube that show ways to alleviate the symptoms of Sciatica but in extreme cases, when compression of lumbar nerves sends sharp waves of pain down through the calf and ankle, stretching may not help.

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Spinal Fusion

Of the more common types of back surgery to relieve disc related pain, Spinal Fusion seems to be the most complex involving implants and bone grafts.  Here’s how a spinal fusion is  performed.

After several lengthy discussions with my Orthopedic surgeon and Neurosurgeon, I’ve been told that a spinal fusion will be a last resort if all other treatment methods fail.  From my conversations, it seems like surgeons want to avoid this type of surgery as it’s difficult to determine exactly where the pain is coming from.  As Dr. Peter Ulrich states “spinal fusion surgery only works for specific indications and only can work if we can identify what the specific pain generator for the patient is. Probably 80-90% of the time, the pain generator can’t be identified.”

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The Miracle Ball Method

Every time I purchase a well reviewed (4 or 5 stars) product on Amazon, my faith in humanity goes up a notch.  Seriously though, when a group of well meaning people come together on a forum to honestly critique a product, it cuts through the clutter of generic advertising pitches and testimonials to get to the truth which is – does this thing work or not?  The Miracle Ball really does reduce muscle tension especially in the hip flexor region, where I need it the most! Read More

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