Our clinic specializes in the treatment of chronic conditions such as Peripheral Neuropathy, Spinal Stenosis, Sciatica, Disc Herniations.
Dr. Veselak has lectured extensively on the subjects of spinal stenosis and disc herniations and clearly understands its complexity. It is critical when treating these conditions that proper exercises and mechanics are established for that individual patient.
If you have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy, Spinal Stenosis or Disc Herniation, we can help! If for some reason following the exam we do not believe we can help you, we will let you know.
Recently, we have formulated a supplemented called Nerve Alive. More information can be found on our website Nervealive.com.
Stenosis is caused from a narrowing of the spinal canal or lateral recesses which essentially impinges upon the exiting nerve roots. What causes changes in these openings? A lot of things! One major cause is the process of aging. As joints and ligaments undergo wear and tear, they can shift partially into these spaces. In fact, stenosis is most common in people in their 50s and beyond. Stenosis also has can be inherited or acquired at birth. In rare cases, synovial cysts, which develop as a result of degeneration in the facet joint in the lumbar spine, have been linked to spinal stenosis, or at least mimic many of the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Symptoms of spinal stenosis include:
- Burning, tingling, or shooting pain in the buttocks or extremities.
- Diminished pain in the extremities when bending forward or sitting (which relieves the pressure on the nerve by temporarily opening the vertebral space).
- Arm pain
- Heavy feeling in the legs
Our patients with lower back pain resulting from a degenerative disc, herniation or sciatica generally have a loss of hydration of the disc, tearing of the annular fibers of the disc resulting in inflammation and pain. At times the disc can extrude beyond the borders of the annulus and create pressure on the exiting nerve roots. In severe cases this could result in numbness and weakness of the extremities.
Symptoms of Disc Degeneration/Herniation
- Pain in lower back, neck and or extremities (sciatica)
- Diminished pain upon walking and or lying down
- Increased pain with bending forward
- Increased pain with sitting
- Increased pain with coughing, sneezing or straining
Peripheral Neuropathy basically means abnormal nerve away from the center. It can affect the motor, sensory or autonomic nerves. If the motor nerves are involved this will affect movement creating weakness or cramping and possibly affecting balance. The sensory nerves when affected can cause tinling, numbness or burning. The autonomic nerves control the parts of our body we do not think about, circulation, digestion, heart rate. With neuropathy any one of these could be affected or a combination of them.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Sensation walking on marbles
- Cold Feet
Common Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy:
- Statin Drugs
- Stenosis of Neck or Back
- Disc Herniation/ Degeneration
For many of the thousands of people we have had the opportunity to evaluate and treat there has been a common thread for the chronic pain patient. This thread which we address during our consultation is there is always an underlying metabolic that adversely affects the nervous system.
Our success with these complex chronic cases has been that we address the structural, orthopedic, neurological and metabolic component. Coupled with the fact that we have the most advanced technology in the county for treating these complex cases we are able to have our patients achieve their goals they established at the onset of treatment.