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Las Vegas Anti-Aging and Alternative Medicine
My name is Dr. Jeffrey Brown. I am an Anti-Aging and Alternative Medicine Physician with years of clinical Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy experience, practicing in Henderson, NV 89052. I am currently accepting new patients.
The sciatica nerve begins in the lower spine, and extends down into the back of each leg. Some of its motor functions include moving the muscles behind your knees and in your lower legs. The sciatica nerve also allows us to feel sensations in the back of the thigh, the lower leg, and the bottom of the feet.
When there is pressure put on this nerve, or when damage occurs, the result can be pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in one of your legs. This condition is called sciatica.
There are a number of conditions that could lead to a pinched sciatic nerve. Here are a few of the most common:
Injury or deterioration of one of the discs in your back
Bone spurs on one of the vertebrae in the spine
Genetic conditions like spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal
The following examples do not lead directly to sciatica, but they could contribute to pinching a nerve in your lower back:
Wearing high heels
Sleeping on an unsupportive mattress
Sciatica symptoms can show up in a number of ways. Sufferers may experience pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling. This can occur in the soles of the feet, either leg, a hip, or one of the calf muscles. The symptoms are generally worse when you are in a seated position, and they can be aggravated by coughing or sneezing. A tell-tale sign that your discomfort is being caused by the sciatica nerve is that the symptoms usually occur on only one side of the body.
That being said, the sensations experienced can vary widely in intensity. It can show up as just a mild tingling, or flare up into a burning sensation that inhibits the movement in your leg or foot. Extreme conditions could even lead to a loss of bladder or bowel function.
Testing for sciatica generally begins with a physical exam. Your doctor will check out your knee and foot to analyze your movement, reflexes, and ability to feel sensations. Your doctor may also perform a blood test to rule out an infection. X-rays or an imaging test like an MRI will help us identify any structural damage to your bones or tissues.
Sciatica treatment plans combine medication, in-office therapy, and lifestyles changes for implementing into your daily routine at home and work. Treatment plans can include some of the following:
Heat or ice therapy
Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Steroid injections to reduce inflammation
Physical therapy to strengthen support muscles and improve posture
Dr. Jeffrey L. Brown did his undergraduate studies at Cornell University. Later, he attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed family practice residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Mt Sinai School of Medicine.
“I believe that God gave our body the ability to heal itself. We just have to give our body what it needs. This principle is why I became an osteopathic family physician so I could learn how to diagnose and treat conditions with my hands. Once I became a physician, I quickly realized that traditional medicine was limited to treating symptoms, and not truly healing the body. As a result, I furthered my studies. First, I learned how to use Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture (MRA) to treat pain and other conditions. Later, I became board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. This knowledge gave me the tools necessary to learn how to prevent and reverse disease. I don’t believe that there is a disease out there that we cannot cure as long as we have faith, discipline, love, and our body has the appropriate nutrients to heal.”
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