Sciatica is the compression and/or irritation of the Sciatic Nerve. The Sciatic Nerve begins in the low back and descends through the pelvis and buttocks down the back of the thigh, back of the knee, outside of the calf, the outside ankle into the “little” toe side of the foot.
Irritation of the sciatic nerve produces a characteristic set of symptoms. They include:
1. Pain: usually burning or stabbing, in the buttocks, down the leg, into the foot.
2. Numbness: a loss of feeling, sometimes subtle, along the distribution of the Sciatic Nerve.
3. Paresthesias (strange sensations): including tingling, pins & needles, burning, “bugs crawling” and pinching. I believe this is the cause of some cases of ”Restless Leg Syndrome”.
4. Weakness in the leg or foot: Knees may buckle and the foot may drop (inability to walk on the heel with toes elevated off the ground).
The 3 Most Common Causes of Sciatica Treated in Our Clinic
The treatment for sciatica depends on the cause. The cause is determined by a detailed case history, comprehensive examination and imaging (MRI, X-rays, etc.). Click on the links above to find out more about our conservative (non-surgical treatment options).
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Weekly, I am thankful that I trusted my body and gave it time to HEAL and avoid unnecessary surgeries. It takes time to heal the spine, but it's a whole unit that requires our care and respect - my lifestyle was forever altered and I still do exercises and stretches that I learned through Dr. Zapf, which ensures that my spine is cared, years after being symptom free.
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I feel that I am now close to my pre-injury strength and mobility and I am glad that I didn’t give up on the non medication treatment. Thru this process I learned 4 things from Dr. Zapf: 1) Follow the therapy; 2) Be patient; 3) listen to your body, and 4) trust. I highly recommend Dr. Zapf. On a scale of 1-10 I would give Dr. Zapf a 10. By following his recommendations my condition has improved such that I have been able to resume my activities.
With Dr. Zapf’s therapy and his guidance on stretching and strength training my condition has improved such that I have been able to resume my running and bike riding. If you are experiencing issues with your back I recommend you give Dr. Zapf a call because you have nothing to lose but the pain.
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He has got a great patient to doctor relationship. He doesn't push medication or surgeries and wants you to use exercise to get you better. He has special medical machinery to manipulate the back. I slipped a disk a couple of weeks ago and so I had to walk with a cane to walk and after 2 weeks of going to him I didn't have to use the cane any longer. His wife is a Nurse assistant and handles all the daily work, appointments, etc. and he also has a college student that assists that is studying physical therapy.
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