Low Back Pain
The back is a complicated structure of bones, muscles, ligaments, discs, and joints. A person can strain muscles, sprain ligaments, rupture discs, or irritate joints, all of which can lead to pain throughout the back.
While sports injuries and accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements (bending over to pick up something, for example) can also induce pain.
Whiplash is a term used to describe an injury where the neck is suddenly or violently jolted in one direction and then another.
This whip-like movement is commonly seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, but it can also occur from other incidents like falls, sports injuries, or work injuries.
Whiplash injuries are essentially a "sprain-strain" of the neck. The sprain component occurs when the ligaments that support, protect, and restrict excessive spinal movement are torn The strain results when muscles and tendons are stretched beyond their normal limits.
Dr. Bradley has considerable experience treating whiplash injuries, having cared for hundreds of Arnold residents who have been involved in both minor and significant car accidents.
Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome
Sciatica is a relatively common form of leg pain that most frequently occurs in people between the ages of 30-50 years old.
The term "Sciatica" describes persistent pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down through the buttock, and into the lower leg. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, running from the lower back down through each leg. It provides sensation to the thighs, legs, and the soles of the feet, and controls muscles of the lower leg.
Most often, sciatica tends to develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine, not as a result of injury.
Piriformis Syndrome is a similar condition that's notorious for mimicking the symptoms of sciatica. It's believed to occur when the piriformis muscle is taut, which may compress the sciatic nerve and cause pain that resembles disc-related sciatica.