I Have a What ???

by Pam White, PT, DPT

Sciatica: Sciatica is a symptom not a condition. Sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs down the back of the thigh to the bottom of the foot. This irritation is most likely caused by a problem in your low back.

Disc bulge: A bulging disc is a common condition when the cushion (known as an intervertebral disc) between one of your vertebrae loses its normal shape or bulges. This bulge could end up pressing on a nerve in your back.

Disc herniation: The cushion between each vertebrae or disc has a soft center surrounded by a tougher exterior. A disc herniation occurs when the soft center comes out through a tear in the exterior layer. A herniated disc could also press on a nerve in your back.

Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the open spaces in between the vertebrae where your spinal nerves run. For most people, the stenosis is a result of arthritic changes. This narrowing can cause pinching of your spinal nerves and result in pain or tingling in your arms or legs.

If you or your family member are having neck or back pain, or symptoms that run down your arm or leg, contact Dresher Physical Therapy TODAY! The faster you get in to see us, the faster we can get you back to feeling great again!

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