Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sciatica and right sided knee pain due to a L5 herniated disc

L5 right lateral disc herniation placing pressure on the nerve root

Sciatica and right sided knee pain due to a L5 herniated disc

-Resolved with Chiropractic care and spinal decompression.

We see success with patients that suffer with Sciatica and Low back pain everyday in my NYC practice but this particular case stood out because of how quickly the patient went from being reliant on Percocet, anti-inflammatory meds and muscle relaxers to being pain and drug free and returning to his normal activities.

Vincent presented to my office in early August with intense Sciatica down his left leg that causes him to limp terribly. He was very active and enjoyed playing tennis, golf and biking but this recent onset of pain just came on without any know injury. He was unable to lie in his stomach and described the pain as a shooting, burning and tingling pain down his right thigh into his right knee.

He went to his primary and diagnosed with a L5-S1 radiculopathy, given pain meds and was told to get a MRI and when the results came back that he had a herniated disc he was recommended to get a epidural injection in his spine. This went on for two weeks with little results, sleepless nights and days induced in a foggy blur.

Luckily for him he was able to research non-surgical herniated disc treatment and bumped into spinal decompression and found our NYC office.

When he came in we discovered through a Chiropractic exam that his pelvis was antalgic (shifted) and L5 was completely counter rotated. In reviewing the MRI it revealed that he had a right paracentral disc tear and foraminal disc protrusion, closely related to the exiting right L5 nerve root. We also had confirmation of findings by way of a NCV (nerve conduction velocity test) that the offending nerves where L4-L5 and L5-S1 nerve roots.

We immediately started with Cox flexion distraction and Spinal decompression on the DRX 9000. We also adjusted his lower lumbar spine using a gentle side posture adjustment.

Within five visits the patient was able to walk without a limp and the Sciatica was moving up and away.

We also utilized Kinesio taping for Sciatica and to stabilize the knee.

What had happened with the Sciatica is the L5 nerve root was being pinched and that muscle supplies the muscle of the lower leg- within a short period of time the muscle will atrophy (shrink).

By the 8th visit the patient is virtually pain free and on the road to recovery without pills or surgery.
In our practice we offer Chiropractic care along with Spinal decompressio, Physical therapy and Pain management

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