Kathryn Merrow on August 12th, 2010

If you have lower back pain or sciatica here’s something you should know. There is a muscle on each side of your waist called the quadradus lumborum or QL. It is also called “the muscle from hell” and “the four-sided devil.” See the dark red muscle at the waist on the far side of this […]


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Kathryn Merrow on July 18th, 2010

What is sciatica?  Sciatica is numbness, nervy or other uncomfortable feelings in your hip, gluteal (buttock) muscles, leg or foot.   It’s caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. What causes this pressure?  Well, that nerve is large.  It’s about the diameter of your finger.  If bone or muscle presses on it, the nerve will […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 20th, 2010

You probably already know that there are far fewer back surgeries performed today than there used to be.  The reason is because too many times after surgery folks still had the same pain.  It didn’t go away.  That’s because the diagnosis for the cause of the pain was incorrect.  Muscles are the most common cause […]


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Kathryn Merrow on June 17th, 2010

What is the best treatment for sciatica?  And what IS sciatica, anyway? You have a very large nerve that runs through your hip.  There is one on each side of your body.  This nerve is about the size of your finger in diameter. When you have sciatic pain or nervy pain in your hip (butt) […]


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