Research has found that individuals with disc herniation/s can have a delayed braking time when driving. After undergoing surgery these individuals showed significant improvement in braking time.
Based on this information Dr. Jimenez looks at how individuals with functional sciatica, (often caused by a herniated disc) meaning they can move and operate a vehicle to a certain point without generating pain, however they often put themselves in extreme/awkward positions just to operate, could also have a delay in brake reaction time.
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels from the lower back down both of the legs and into the feet. Sciatica begins in the low back. The nerve roots in the lower spine come together and turn into the sciatic nerve. Sciatica happens when these nerves get pinched/compressed. This usually occurs from a herniated disc or when the spinal canal narrows called stenosis.
Typically, sciatica causes:
- Pain in the leg/s
- Shooting pain that goes down from the low back, through the leg, calf and sometimes into the foot
- Electrical pain running/shooting down the leg
- Burning pain
- Pain from slight movement
A car accident can cause sciatica, but now it seems that sciatica can cause an automobile accident because of delayed braking reaction time. People with sciatica that is present without pain often say there is a constant non-painful tingling, numbness, or numbing sensation along the leg that lets them know the sciatica is still there.
This could be insufficient blood flow from wherever the impingement is happening. Keep in mind that there could be multiple areas of impingement. Just like the slow blood flow, they may find when they drive the impingement slows the motor-sensory signal and braking time to depress the brake pedal fast enough to avoid a collision.
Sciatica can be treated non-surgically with:
- Physical therapy
- 24 to 48 hours of rest
- Over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Muscle spasms can be treated with heat or ice
Patients with sciatica feel better with time, usually a few weeks. However, if pain continues, other forms of treatment can be discussed. A doctor or chiropractor may advise light exercise and therapeutic stretching. As recovery progresses they may give you exercises to strengthen the back and core.
With new automobiles implementing automatic braking systems has helped significantly reduce accidents, however, there are still bugs to sort out. This is normal with these computerized systems. Reliance upon these systems, especially those with sciatica, herniated, or bulging disc/s, could be a dangerous combination, specifically when it comes to braking reaction time.
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