- Low Back Pain
- Sport Injury
- Bone Spur
Low Back pain is a common health problem affecting more than 80% of the population second only to the common cold. LBP can be caused by bony degenerative changes, sport injuries, wear and tear from repetitive work and poor posture.
Sciatica is a painful condition affecting the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers comprising of the 4th and 5th lumbar nerves and the first three sacral nerves. Compression and dysfunction along these spinal levels can cause sciatica and the pain typically extends down to the back of the thigh; down the leg to the foot.
Lack of warm up and rest are major causes for most sport injuries. Repetitive use of particular joint also increases the chance of wear and tear leading to sports injuries.
Improper joint function and misalignment of adjacent bony structure may result in an imbalance of weight bearing along the joint line. Increased in weight bearing could stress the local area which in turn increased its calcium deposition. Bone spurs are formed when soft tissue adjacent to these stressed structures are calcified. Bone spurs can compress adjacent nerves; blood vessels and soft tissue resulting in symptoms ranging from minor pain, numbness to gross sensory loss and muscular atrophy.
Paresthesia in the arms or the legs should be carefully examined as there are may causes. Paresthesia in the upper extremities often originates from the neck while paresthesia of the lower limbs are often caused by conditions that affect the nerves of the lumbar spine.