Common Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatica pain in the lumbar


The Sciatica nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It spans from your lumbar, separating at your legs and further down ending at your feet. Pain typically originates in your spine and radiates down the back of the leg, usually only affecting one side of your body. Sciatic pain is commonly self-diagnosed and confirmed by a chiropractor. 

Sciatic Pain Symptoms You May Experience

Mild, severe, radiating, or sharp pain in the back, buttocks, hip, or lower extremities that feels like a numbness or pins and needles. This can happen due to long periods of sitting or various sports injuries and can cause muscle weakness or difficulty walking and/or standing.


5 Treatment Options for Disc Herniation

Focused Pain, especially along the spine. Treatment for a herniate disc.


Bulging or herniated discs can cause discomfort or even pain along your spine, sometimes pinching the nerve. Holistic treatment options may help reduce or remove pain.

What is a Herniated Disc?

The rubbery substance between your backbone is called a disc. Inside this rubbery disc is a softer disc that can become irritated and push through a crack or space in the tougher exterior disc casing. When this happens, you can experience a pinched nerve. This irritation can cause pain in the form of numbness or weakness. Here are some treatment tips to help reduce or remove pain before it’s too late.

Exercise – Proactive movement can help reduce pain. Aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes 5 days a week is a great way to reduce or eliminate pain.

Stretching – Various exercises can increase physical function and improve flexibility. Hamstring stretches can relieve lumber pain while extension exercises (also known as “Press Ups”) can help reduce pain in the legs. Press Ups are similar to “Push Ups” except your entire body starts on the floor and the only part the lifts is your chest and abdomen as you bend at the hips.

Heating Pad – The combination of heat and pressure can help soothe painful muscles or joints. Often times, this method can help with bulging discs.

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Common Sciatica Symptoms

    The Sciatica nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It spans from your lumbar, separating at your legs and further down ending at your feet. Pain typically originates in your spine and radiates down the back of the leg, usually only affecting one side...

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How To Live a Pain Free Life

    For most people, pain free living isn't a Disney fairy tale. It can be achieved and sustained. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that 20,000,000 Americans suffer from peripheral nerve damage, also know as, neuropathy....

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How To Live a Pain Free Life



For most people, pain free living isn’t a Disney fairy tale. It can be achieved and sustained.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that 20,000,000 Americans suffer from peripheral nerve damage, also know as, neuropathy. As we highlight the pain, we’ll talk about how to prevent it, living a pain free life.

Nerve damage is more of a common disorder than you think. This type of damage becomes increasingly common with age. Up to 70% of people with diabetes have some nerve damage (WebMD). Diabetes, drug side effects or overexposure to toxins (too much medicine), autoimmune disease, compression/trauma and nutritional deficiencies can lead to nerve damage.

pain free vitaminsLiving a healthy lifestyle is the best method of prevention for nerve damage. Healthy eating and exercising can significantly decrease natural nerve damage causes. Additionally, it can be difficult to consume all of the natural minerals needed for a healthy diet. Vitamins can help boost your chances of avoiding nerve damage.

Lower back pain can be uncomfortable, especially when sitting. Ironically, sitting with your shoulders forward and a hunched back is a major reason this pain happens.

We suggest sitting tall as much as possible, making your abdomen does all the work. Now, your back is no longer compensating for your core. If at a desk, keep your arms down next to your body and elbows at a right angle for optimal lower back pain prevention.

Control your pain through meditation. Your perception of pain is connected to your state of mind, and it can be elevated in stressful conditions.

For example, one study used functional MRI techniques to observe brain activity as participants experienced a painful stimulus. Some participants had gone through four days of mindfulness meditation training, while others had not.

The meditating patients showed increased activity in the brain centers known to control pain. They also reported less sensitivity to pain (National Center for Biotechnology Information). Meditation in all forms at all times of the day are beneficial for pain prevention.

Living a pain free life doesn’t have to be stressful. As a matter of fact, it shouldn’t be stressful at all! That would be contradictory! Incorporating these suggestions into your daily habits should help decrease pain and increase happiness and longevity.


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The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy

By Lea Wojciechowski Ross, Blogger for Troy Neuropathy and Chiropractic Center ~ June 7, 2017

Dr. Tony Paternoster of the Troy Neuropathy and Chiropractic Center is a Functional Neurologist who specializes in clinical neurology with a focus in treating neuropathy.  Most of us have some idea of what a traditional chiropractor does and when we might go visit the chiropractor for an adjustment, and in fact many of us have probably visited a chiropractor when we experienced headaches, neck pain, mid/low back pain, injuries, whiplash, etc.  Neuropathy is another story.  Many people do not know what neuropathy is.  This post will teach you about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options of neuropathy.

What is Neuropathy?

Difference between a normal foot and a foot at diabetic risk

Neuropathy is a disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness or weakness mainly in the extremities (hands and feet).  It is a progressive dying of a nerve.  Neuropathy is a sub-specialty of functional neurology (a field which studies the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves).  Treating neuropathy requires an alternative and holistic approach to increasing patient wellness.

Causes of Neuropathy

Neuropathy is primarily caused by:

  • Chemotherapy (or any kind of chemical/radiation poisoning or exposure to toxins)
  • Diabetes (or some other metabolic disorder)
  • Compression injury (physical trauma)

A person who has had cancer and gone through chemo, a person who has diabetes, or a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury or concussion (such as from a car accident or a sports impact) may start experiencing several symptoms of neuropathy.

Symptoms of Neuropathy

Typical symptoms of peripheral neuropathy

The symptoms of neuropathy may be sensory, muscular, or whole body.  A person who has neuropathy will likely experience some type of uncomfortable burning or tingling sensation or sharp jabbing pain in the back, face, feet, thighs, hands, and/or fingers.  Please note if you experience any of the following symptoms of neuropathy:

  • Sensory:
    • Numbness
    • Hypersensitivity
    • Pins and needles
    • Tingling
    • Freezing
    • Burning sensation
    • Loss of feeling
    • The feeling of wearing gloves
    • Stabbing
    • Blister/callus
  • Muscular:
    • Lack of coordination

      Typical symptoms in the hands

    • Slow reflexes
    • Difficulty walking
    • Cramping/muscle pain
    • Weakness
    • Muscle loss
    • Poor circulation
  • Whole body:
    • Lack of balance
    • Weakness
    • Trouble sleeping

How to Treat Neuropathy

Visit a neuropathy specialist if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.  To increase patients’ overall well-being, the specialist may propose one or more of the following treatments:

  • Specific chiropractic treatments or manipulation
  • Certain exercises with your eyes to improve your vestibular system and balance (the cerebellum and cortex of your brain, which help control your balance, may have been affected by a compression injury)
  • Detox treatments and allergy treatments (the brain and gut are connected; they employ the same neurotransmitters)
  • Dietary supplements and dietary plans (such as avoiding gluten)
  • Topical gels and creams
  • Acupressure (electro nerve stimulation (TENS) unit) or acupuncture
  • Vibration
  • Laser
  • Neuromuscular exercises

Dr. Tony collaborates with podiatrists, physical therapists, dieticians, cardiovascular surgeons, vascular surgeons, medical neurologists, and neurosurgeons to identify and treat patients with neuropathy.  Dr. Tony’s patients have experienced successful treatment.  Just a couple patient testimonials follow:

“I have degenerative discs in my neck causing pressure sensation in my neck and numbness in my right arm.  Dr. Paternoster provided a thorough initial exam diagnosing the cause of my discomfort and he designed a treatment plan to correct the problem.  After six weeks of adjustments the pressure ​and numbness are gone!  I highly recommend a consultation with Dr. Paternoster if you are experiencing neck or back pain or discomfort.” -Terry Datsko, Integrated Cashflow Services

“I had soreness in my right heel, which I used insole cushions to relieve.  I had Dr. Paternoster take a look.  The diagnosis: my type 2 diabetes had caused some nerve damage and I had to change the way I walked to compensate.  It turned out we had two things happening: neuropathy and a secondary effect on my back muscles.  Dr. Paternoster used electrical nerve stimulation to increase blood flow and add some ‘padding’ back to my heel.  He also used manipulation on my back to relieve the muscle soreness.  This two pronged approach has allowed me significant relief in my heel and a much more normal ‘gait’ when I walk.  I highly recommend Dr. Paternoster for people experiencing chronic foot and/or back pain.” -Tom B.

To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of neuropathy, call Dr. Tony Paternoster at (248) 885-9377.