Healthcare consumers nowadays are becoming much more savvy when it comes to spending their healthcare dollars. Many of my discharged patients over the years would pose the following question: When should I call you if anything happens in the future? My general answer to that question is “whenever you experience discomfort that doesn’t quite seem right.” Now I’m not talking about general muscle soreness after a workout, or after performing an activity you haven’t done in a while. I’m talking about things like going on a 10 mile bike ride but feeling like you rode for 100 miles, or going for a 3 mile jog but feeling like you just ran a marathon.
If you are looking to heal naturally, i.e., without medications, painful spinal injections, or surgery, and you’re looking to get back to normal again–that is, get your life back and feel younger, stronger, and more energetic, and not have to think about the activities that you do before you do them, such as “I have to think about how I’m going to get out of the car,” or “I have to think about how I’m going to get dressed in the morning”–if that is you, the first thing you would want to do on your journey to natural healing is to find out the cause. In this 3-part series, I will go over the 3 most common causes of Lower Back Pain and Sciatica that I see in my clinic.