I started struggling with glute and leg pain for over a year and couldn’t seem to shake it off. I tried rest, massage and neither worked.
I was recommended by a friend and fellow athlete to Jonathan Spodofora at Holly Cottage Chiropractic Clinic, Sutton Coldfield.
Below is the first account of procedures, I have gone through pre diagnosis.
Account written by Jonathan Spodofora DC
Scott was first presented to me in April 2015 with a one year history of left lateral leg pain and excessive muscle tightness into his gluteal region. Scott had been managing his complaint with massage therapy which had kept him training and competing over the last year.
During assessment here at the Holly Cottage Chiropractic clinic we tested Scott’s mechanical and neurological systems to try and understand the mechanics behind his complaint.
I always say that knowing what is painful is relatively easy but understanding why something is painful is the most difficult but most important thing. Understanding why something is problematic will allow you to change the mechanism that is faulty so therefore giving long term benefit and performance improvements. That’s what we set out to do with Scott.
Through orthopaedic and neurologic testing it was apparent that Scott had a left sided nerve irritation that was casing referred pain to his left leg and tightening to the muscles that it innovates. If you have a nerve that is irritated, it is not able to communicate correctly with the structures that is controls. It can cause weakness or over activity to a muscle.
Repetitive over activity of a muscle can lead to chronic muscle damage and shortening of the fibres, creating pain and reduced function. This is obviously not good for anyone especially an amateur athlete.
The most likely area to have a nerve irritation is in the low back so it was decided that Scott needed a lumbar spine x ray to fully understand his individual mechanics.
We have radiographic equipment here at the clinic so 20 minutes later we were looking at Scott’s low back in much more detail. It was then obvious where the problem was coming from. Scott’s last intervetabral disc had decreased in size and was being overloaded. This was because the angle between his sacrum (large fused bone that connects the pelvis to the spine) and last vertebra (L5) was too great.
This was really related to Scott’s posture but it had been incorrect for years – so long that it had started to overload his disc and therefore unevenly wearing the disc. This was happening much quicker than normal mechanics would have allowed.
This was the reason why he was struggling !! Now we know what the problem is we can plan how to best help …..
Jonathan Spodofora DC
I will be blogging about the next part of my chiropractic journey in the next few weeks.
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