Sciatica Treatment in Arkansas
Sciatica is a painful and debilitating condition involving pinched nerves that go from the low back into the hips, buttocks, or legs. The pain can be so severe that it is often life altering.
Dr. Currie has treated many failed back surgery patients. He has seen severe and extreme cases in which the patient used the word “paralysis” of their leg. With chronic sciatica, the nerves can become permanently damaged and cause loss of function in one or both legs.
What causes sciatica?
Many times, sciatica is a result of degenerative disc disease in the low back. When the disc (cushion between the bones in the spine) breaks down, the material can push out into the nerves and entrap them. The nerve entrapment causes the nerve to become irritated and experience debilitating pain. Degenerative disc disease is also called osteoarthritis of the spine. Radiological findings consistent with degenerative disc disease are: herniated or bulging discs, desiccated discs, spinal stenosis, foraminal stenosis, annular tears, facet joint hypertrophy, extruding disc material, thecal sac indentation, anterolisthesis, retrolisthesis, spondylosis, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, and loss of height with aging.
What are the symptoms to watch for if you think you have sciatica?
Many people describe their sciatica pain as pain in the buttock/hip region. As the condition progresses, the pain can move into the side or back of the leg (hamstring) and eventually into the calf or foot. Some patients describe their sciatica as a cramping (like Charlie horses) feeling in the muscles. Many patients describe their pain as a deep pain that felt as if it were inside of their bones. Others will say that they have pain that feels like it shoots out of their big toe (or the two toes next to it). Some will say that it is their 5th toe (pinky toe), but it is more common in the “big toe” side of the foot. Still yet, some patients will have pain into the top or bottom of their feet. Other patients don’t have “classic” sciatica pain referral patterns. Some of those patients can have symptoms that radiate from the low back around into the lower abdomen or groin and in men, the testicles.
It is important to understand that sciatica is “referred” pain from the low back region. Many sciatica patients have no low back pain at all. However, a “pinched” nerve in the low back is usually the culprit. Another important point is that “sciatica” can be different for every single person who experiences this painful condition. The term sciatica is basically a “catch all” term that describes nerve related pain that is in the buttock, hip, or leg.
Can sciatica present along with other problems, such as back pain?
Sciatica is often accompanied by low back pain, but it isn’t always the case. Some patients can have sciatica or hip pain that is being referred out of the low back but have no low back pain at all. Dr. Currie has treated many patients after they had failed hip replacement surgery which they hoped would relieve their sciatica. After the hip replacement the pain was still radiating into their buttock, hamstring or calf. Their doctors told them that the pain must be coming from their low back and that’s when they went to see Dr. Currie and got relief.
Receive a $245 Consultation for Back Pain Relief at NO CHARGE
Dr. Currie offers all new patients a FREE consultation for their chronic back and neck pain issues. This consultation is a $245 value, but Dr. Currie knows he is the only one in the area with such advanced methods for relieving chronic pain.
Sciatic Nerve Therapy
How is sciatica treated?
Dr. Currie has developed his own unique and proprietary methods and treatment protocols for patients who suffer from sciatica. They have a high success rate and are natural. People travel from all over the world to receive his care after having had sciatica for many years and had tried many therapies, surgeries or other procedures before seeing Dr. Currie.
Dr. Currie has consulted with and treated patients from as far away as Venezuela to India. Traditional and conventional methods for the treatment of sciatica include invasive procedures such as: spinal injections (epidural and cortisone), radiofrequency nerve root ablation (burning the nerves), and invasive back surgery including but not limited to: laminotomy, laminectomy, partial discectomy, minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD), artificial disc replacement, spinal fusion and laser surgery.
Everything in Dr. Currie’s practice is centered around natural and non-invasive treatment methods. Dr. Currie stands in stark contrast to conventional methods that involve medications or invasive surgery. He has worked diligently to ensure that his practice stays at the leading edge when it comes to natural and non-invasive treatments for chronic and debilitating health conditions. He spends a great deal of time traveling the country attending seminars and lectures about natural and non-invasive healthcare methods. While medical doctors and chiropractors are required to receive 24 hours of continuing education per year, Dr. Currie is on pace to attend 144 hours of classroom lecture time in this calendar year. In addition, he attends hours of internet based learning courses concerning various healthcare related topics and performs daily self study.
Dr. Currie utilizes a combination of therapies and treatment recommendations for his patients. Every patient is different and has different requirements. Dr. Currie is an advocate of nutrition and decision making that leads to a healthy lifestyle. His approach to nutrition is highly different than what most perceive as “nutrition”. Dr. Currie uses lab tests such as his very thorough “Currie Panel” functional medicine workup to determine nutritional deficits and need.
Dr. Currie’s treatments work to go to the root cause of the problem to create better health of the joint space. In doing so, the pressure on the nerves can be released which is what provides relief for the sciatica sufferer. In every surgery, something is being removed or altered in the body by man-made objects and procedures. With all surgeries, there are the undeniable risks of infection, scar tissue, failed back surgery syndrome, paralysis, permanent nerve damage, loss of feeling and even death.
With advances in technology, more “minimally invasive” procedures being developed. However, minimally invasive procedures all have one thing in common – the word “invasive”. Dr. Currie believes that the power that made the body can heal and repair the body. His treatments revolve around that belief. He utilizes treatment methods that include Deep Tissue Lasers, and Non-Surgical Disc Rehydration which helps the body heal and repair itself. These treatments combine to reduce pressure off of the nerves while at the same time reduce inflammation in the area. By reducing the pressure and inflammation in the immediate area, the nerves can begin to work again, often without causing pain and sciatica.
What results can someone expect when undergoing therapy for sciatica?
Dr. Currie’s sciatica program is very different than other programs. Patients visit with each other during their treatments in a relaxed, low light atmosphere. Usually, relief can be experienced within the first couple of weeks of care and some patients have marked relief after just one treatment.
What is the outlook (prognosis) for patients with sciatica?
Most patients do well by the conclusion of their Sciatica Relief Program. Dr. Currie has been treating sciatica patients for 14 years. It is rare that a patient will need to go through the program a second time, so the overall prognosis is excellent for most patients.
What kind of success have you had in treating sciatica?
Dr. Currie’s program has a high success rate in treating sciatica and is non-invasive. His program uses FDA cleared technologies that have a high level of patient satisfaction.
Dr. Currie does not believe in “pain management.” Dr. Currie works to find the underlying cause of his patient’s pain and then treats the cause. He does recommend and utilizes natural anti-inflammatories and nutritional recommendations to move patients away from chronic inflammatory states. It is his well rounded approach that contributes to the overall success of his treatment methods.
Should I continue seeking treatment if my sciatica goes away?
Yes! Just because your pain has gone away doesn’t mean that the underlying disease process that allowed the pain to surface isn’t continuing to occur. For obvious reasons, most people who seek out Dr. Currie’s care are in severe, chronic pain. Otherwise, they wouldn’t travel from across the country to see him. However, there is much more to health than having pain or not. Pain is a signal that something is wrong. By the time that pain shows up, the underlying disease process is marching along month after month and year after year.
Pain can come and go, but the degeneration that creates arthritis in your spine which ultimately puts more pressure on your nerves continues on. Over time, the pain episodes increase and with future episodes, the pain is often worse than it used to be. Pain is your body’s alarm system.
By the time that most of Dr. Currie’s patients begin to see him, they have an alarm system that won’t turn off. It’s Dr. Currie’s treatment methods that get them back on track and help them reclaim their quality of life. If you have had some episodes of sciatica and it “comes and goes”, your body is going through a degenerative process that could lead to permanent disability and loss of quality of life. By seeking out treatment with Dr. Currie, you could be preventing countless suffering in your future and never have to know or understand what was coming. Dr. Currie always says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”