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Disc Herniation

Disc herniation

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Sciatica from disc herniations

  • Can cause either back or radiating leg pain
  • If severe, can damage the nearby nerves
  • Can be slow to heal if at all
  • Herniated discs can pinch nerves and cause numbness and tingling in the arms/hand or legs/feet.

Note: If stenosis is severe it can compromise the spinal canal nerves leading to loss of bowel and bladder function

Spinal Arthritis

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Common Causes of Sciatica



Spinal Stenosis

Referred muscle pain

Normal IVF (nerve canal)

Notice loss of canal size compared to normal IVF

Severe spinal arthritis

Begining of spinal arthritis

Normal disc 

Moderate spinal arthritis

"Narrowing of the spinal canal"

Spinal canal is "pinched in" due to ligament

and joint thickening.

Normal spinal canal


Sciatica can result from pinching the nerves within the spinal canal due to natural aging, congenital or a combination of these factors.

Sciatica can be caused by active trigger points or "knots" in certain muscles of your gluteal area.


Piriformis syndrome


Piriformis muscle

Sciatic nerve

The sciatic nerve exits just below the piriformis muscle in most people and even through the piriformis in others. This can result in:

  • radiating pain down the leg
  • numbness and tingling in the leg and foot
  • increased pain when sitting in the buttocks and/or leg
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