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How Can I Tell if I Have Sciatica or Peripheral Neuropathy?

Learn How Peripheral Neuropathy Differs from Sciatica

Do you struggle with constant pain, fatigue, sleep deprivation, and other symptoms making it hard to get through each day? If you’re experiencing pain, numbness, tingling, and balance issues, two potential underlying causes are sciatica and peripheral neuropathy.

Both conditions cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the legs and feet. They also both negatively affect your strength and balance, making you more likely to fall. Finally, both can have a negative impact on the quality of your life by limiting the activities you enjoy, disturbing your sleep, and forcing you to use potentially addictive medication.

Sciatica’s symptoms tend to include back pain, occur on one side of the body, and fluctuate with bodily position. Peripheral neuropathy’s symptoms tend to include leg pain but not back pain, occur on both sides, and remain constant regardless of body position.

Now, let’s look more closely at the differences in the symptoms and causes of neuropathic and sciatic pain and what you should do next.

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What Causes Low Back Pain and How Can Chiropractic Care Treat It?

Learn Where Low Back Pain Comes From and Why Chiropractic Should Be Your First Line of Treatment

If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably starting to experience pain in your lower back. In fact, 80% of people will have disabling low back pain at some point in their lives. Maybe you suffered an injury at work, maybe you’ve developed a painful spinal condition, or maybe you can’t pinpoint any specific cause at all. No matter what the case is, the end result is the same: you have low back pain and you want answers.

“Why do I have low back pain? How can I alleviate my back pain?” We hear this every day from patients at Algonquin Chiropractic Center, where we treat low back pain in Algonquin, IL. Let’s dive into those questions and talk about the prevalence, causes, and treatments for low back pain, including chiropractic care and low back surgery.

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Is Low Back Surgery the Answer to Lower Back Pain?

Learn More About Low Back Surgery Before You Decide

Many people believe low back surgery is the “cure-all” for low back pain and leg pain. This includes pain from conditions such as ruptured discs, sciatica, stenosis, herniated discs, and bulging discs.

However, only a small percentage (less than 5%) of back pain sufferers undergo a low back surgery, while 95% don’t! Not only that, but studies show of the people having low back surgery, up to 70% may be unnecessary.

 

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What Is Sciatica and How Can We Treat It with Chiropractic Care?

Learn the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for Sciatica

Do you or a loved one suffer from low back pain and pain, pins and needles, tingling, and numbness starting in the buttocks and running down to your foot? If so, you may be suffering from sciatica. This condition describes a set of symptoms typically felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the buttock and into the lower leg and foot.

So, what causes sciatica, and how do we treat it? Here’s a breakdown of sciatica’s symptoms, causes, preventative measures, and treatment options.

For a deeper investigation into this topic, Download The Sciatica Survival Guide by Dr. Anthony Galante!

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Trump Calls Opioids a “Public Health Emergency”—How Bad Is It?

An Epidemic Abuse Makes Opioids a Risky Choice for Pain Management

“Trump declares opioid epidemic a national public health emergency” read CNN’s headline last month. When the president of the United States discusses a specific health problem, how bad is it?

How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?

Photo of a person lying on the floor with a bottle of pills next to them after an opioid overdose.

Let’s look at these facts from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)’s Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures:

Opioid Addiction

  • Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
  • Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain.
  • Addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
  • Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
  • It is estimated that 23% of individuals who use heroin develop opioid addiction.

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