When is Sciatica Not Sciatica

When is Sciatica Not Sciatica?

How many times have you heard people say that they have sciatica?

They complain of pain in their buttock, shooting down their thigh, and maybe into their foot? The pain is often agonizing and they keep going for treatment after treatment with only slight improvement.

DON’T put up with it any more!

Sciatica is the most commonly mis-diagnosed form of pain.

I regularly give presentations to GP’s on the difference between true-sciatica and FALSE-sciatica. This enables them to choose the best referral for their patients and prevents months of unnecessary pain.

False-sciatica looks a lot like true-sciatica, but to the trained eye it follows a subtlety different pain pattern. False-sciatica comes from a mal-aligned pelvis, or from buttock spasms. It can be resolved in 3-4 sessions, even if it has been there for a long time. It is incredibly simple to treat if you know what you are looking for.

Even if you have been told that you have a disk bulge… Do not believe it!

54% of the population have a disk bulge and do not even know it. It is normal to have a disk bulge. It is not the cause of most “sciatica”.

Just this week I had a case of a man who had an MRI showing a large “slipped disk” and sciatica in his left leg. They were considering operating on his back. His disk was not the problem. I adjusted his pelvis and re-trained his buttock muscles. He was able to get back to power walking the next week.

Please, if you or someone you know is suffering from sciatica, then visit an osteopath. We are uniquely trained to both re-align the pelvis AND re-train the muscles.

So what about TRUE-sciatica?

True sciatica is caused by a MASSIVE disk bulge. The bulge must be big enough to significantly compress the sciatic nerve… not just tickle it with a light touch. True-sciatica does not respond to hands on therapy. It takes 3 to 6 months to resolve itself.

Here is the irony.

– If it is False-sciatica your practitioner should have resolved it in 3-4 treatments.

– If it is True-sciatica, then it does not respond to manual treatment. So why does your practitioner keep telling you to come back?

The best thing to do for True-sciatica is to keep moving, take anti-inflammatory drugs, and if the pain is not improving in 3 months, then consider surgery.

To find out if you have True or False Sciatica, call ReachHealth in Elsternwick, Melbourne on 1300 696 783 or book online at www.reachhealth.com.au.

Please pass this on, to as many people as you can.

It is time to put an end to the needless ongoing pain of so many people that you know.



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