Between the head and the hips are 24 vertebra Between each vertebrae there is a disc Now inside the spine is the spinal cord And in between each vertebra there is a Nerve that exits through an opening called the foramen. Typically when you have sciatica, A pinching of the nerve of the spine, It’s the bottom three. So what happens is that opening, it’s an opening where the nerve comes out, Will physically somehow be compromised. It’ll be smaller. And what will make the opening smaller? Number one is a Bulging Disc. So the beginning phase Of a disc breaking down where the Nucleus is pushing out a little bit. It will cause the annulus to bulge out. Well when the annulus is bulging out into the Foramen, where the nerve is, It will pinch the nerve. The second one is a Herniated Disc, Where the nucleus, the center portion of the disc, Pushes through to the outside through the annulus into the spinal canal. Into the area where the foramen is. That tends to be more advanced. The nucleus acts like a battery acid on the nerve And lights up that nerve and you’ll feel it. That’s the intense burning pain that goes down your leg. The third problem is what we call a degenerated disc. With the degenerated discs ultimately what Happens is the two vertebrae get closer together. And as the two vertebrae get closer together The opening physically gets smaller. The fourth problem that will cause Sciatica Is what we call Stenosis. Stenosis is a term that means narrowing. You can have stenosis in two areas. You can have it in the spinal canal, And number two is foraminal stenosis, where the nerves come out the side. That’s the foramen. Sciatica can be very often pain in the back, sort of down into the glutes, Sometimes down to the knees, sometimes all the way down to the foot. But it’s not just the pain. It could be muscle weakness that goes with it, Or a burning sensation. It depends on what part of the Nerve is being pinched and each nerve is Responsible for a different sensation. So depending on which part of the nerves Being pinched you’ll get different Sensations but typically it’s Something that’s going on down the leg You can affect the disc with surgery but Very often what you’re doing is you’re Taking the disc out. And then you’re Fusing it. But what we do is we rehydrate. Our goal with our treatments is to take Pressure off the disc. And as we take Pressure off the disc we get healing in the disc. But also what happens as we Take pressure off the disc is we can get The disc to move back to the inside, Freeing up the space where the nerve is. And as we free up that space, back pain Gets better because we’re unloading the disc. We have the ability to free up the Nerve in ways people have never had before. So it’s not uncommon that our patients, Who have tried everything, get better! If you’re suffering from neck or Back pain call the Illinois Back Institute For a Free Consultation at 877-472-5171 Like us on Facebook for free tips, videos, and more! And follow us on Twitter to ask Dr. Jeff D.C. different questions, Or go to illinoisbackpain.com Heal the damage, rejuvenate your back, and live pain free!