Discs are gel-like soft tissues located between the individual vertebrae that make up the spine. Their purpose is to provide cushioning, shock absorbing, and flexibility along the entire length of the spine.
Healthy discs are well hydrated, pliable, resilient, and aid in proper spinal function and support. However, when a spinal disc undergoes any type of physical trauma, herniation is likely to occur. Discs are filled with a gel-like substance that provides spinal shock absorption. When a disc is damaged or ruptured, this fluid will either leak or dry up, causing the disc to shrink in size or alter its natural positioning, thus leaving the spine at risk for serious injury and damage, which can become permanent if damaged disc structures are not promptly repaired.
When a disc becomes herniated, it may tear or slip and decrease the necessary space between vertebrae. This can lead to numerous problems, such as painful friction, pinched nerves, nerve damage, spinal imbalances, as well as deteriorated posture, all of which may cause repercussions in other areas of the body, manifesting in pain or health problems. The spine is the body’s central control system, which means all of the body’s organs are connected to it. Any issues within the spine have the potential to spread to other body parts and cause additional difficulties.
Herniated disc treatment success rates are significantly higher when the condition is detected early, before the damage has had the opportunity to become permanent.
At HA Brain and Spine we use a non-surgical, non-invasive approach in helping restore proper disc and spine function. Dr. Amandeep Walia utilizes chiropractic manipulative therapy including flexion-distraction and decompression, coupled with soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release technique (MRT), and therapeutics to optimize your healing. Our comprehensive tailored approach includes a Certified massage therapist specializes in advanced neuromuscular massage techniques to optimize tension release.
Lumbar radiculopathy (Sciatica) is a condition that generally ensues as a result of irritation of a spinal nerve, most commonly the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, or adjacent anatomical structures. Often described as shooting pain that travels down the back and in to the legs. When at its most severe, or left untreated sciatica can cause a number of alarming issues like loss of motor function, numbness, tingling, and burning.
Sciatica refers exclusively to the symptoms of pain that a patient experiences, and not their cause; so it is not a diagnosis as much as an observable phenomena. Lumbar radiculopathy is usually an effect of spinal trauma or dysfunction, predominantly due to disc herniation or spinal stenosis, which are typically the result of injury to the spine and can be caused by accidents, poor posture, repetative stress, deficient health, advanced age, and more.
The effects of compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve can fluctuate in intensity from mild discomfort to immobilizing pain, depending on the extent of trauma to the spine and nerve as well as the length of time the condition has been present.
Sciatic nerve originates in the lumbar and sacral spin from spinal nerve root levels L4-S3 and travels down the posterior part of each leg.
Symptoms typically manifest on one side of the body and include steady low back pain, shooting pain down the buttock and leg, tingling, weakness, numbness, and loss of sensation and function in more severe, advanced cases. This collection of symptoms is commonly referred to as sciatica and sciatic pain.
Dr. Amandeep Walia specializes in determining the root cause of you lumbar radiculopathy wether its a result of trauma, repetitive stress, over use, skeletal dysfunction, or a muscular component such as piriformis syndrome. Our non-surgical, non-invasive approach helps facilitate the natural healing process. By utilizing various techniques as well as flexion-distraction, decompression, hands on approach incorporating myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and our certified massage therapist we get to the root of you symptoms.
Neuropathy is a dysfunction of a peripheral nerve. Neuropathic pain is what results from the damage. This damage can affect a single nerve or a group of nerves and can lead to tingling, burning or shooting pain. Nerve damage affects your nervous system.
The human body contains two primary systems, known as the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system. Your central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, where as the peripheral nervous system is the rest of your body. It’s common for individuals experiencing nerve pain to feel pain in the hands and feet as most damaged nerves are found in the peripheral nervous system. Nerve damage can be caused by trauma, repetitive stress, herniated disc, and many other conditions.
Depending on the type and amount of nerve damage the symptoms may vary in severity and location. If the neuropathy is in the cervical spine you may experience symptoms in the hands, while lower back impingement may elicit symptoms in the legs.
Some of the signs and symptoms can include:
You may have experienced one of these symptoms as a result of neuropathic pain. If the pain persists and you are unable to resume your normal activities, come in to have a proper evaluation by our team.
Our integrative approach includes a comprehensive brain and spine evaluation to uncover the cause and triggers of your Neuropathic pain.
Dr. Harjasleen Walia, our board certified Neurologist and Fellowship trained Headache specialist provides insight to the latest cutting edge evidence based medication treatments. If your preference includes non-pharmaceuticals and a natural path Dr. H Walia is specialized in Neurological Acupuncture and herbal treatments for a holistic approach to healing. Dr. Amandeep Walia, DC specializes in Neuromusculoskeletal conditions and utilizing a variety of techniques including diversified, Gonstead, SOT, Activator, Myofacial release therapy, craniosacral therapy along with flexion-destraction and decompression. Dr. A Walia is the Director of the NeuroSpa providing alternative treatments including myofascial release, topicals, realignment of the spine, joints, chakras and medical grade massage therapy.