Sciatica

Sciatica Treatments 

Sciatica refers to pain that occurs anywhere along the largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve. The large spinal nerves in your low back (lumbar) and sacral regions combine to make up the sciatic nerve.  This nerve controls and coordinates all the movements in your legs and can cause many types of leg pain and thigh pain. The sciatic nerve is made from bundles of spinal nerves exiting the lower back and joining together to form one larger nerve that extends down into your buttocks, your legs, and feet. Sciatic pain is caused when the nerve root becomes irritated. 

The most common causes of sciatic pain are herniated or bulging discs, degenerative changes, and spinal stenosis.  These conditions can compress the nerve resulting in pain, tingling, paresthesias, inflammation, and numbness and/or tingling in the legs or feet. Typically, sciatic pain affects only one side of the body. Most commonly, the pain radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down along the back of the thigh and calf. However, sciatic pain may occur anywhere along the path of the nerve. Symptoms can vary from a mild ache to sharp and shooting, burning, numbness, and/or tingling. For some, the pain can be severe and debilitating, while others experience pain the just comes and goes.

Common Causes of Sciatica or Sciatic Nerve Pain
  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Degenerative facets
Sciatica will usually include one or more of the following
  • Leg pain
  • Thigh pain
  • Buttocks pain (one or both sides)
  • Pain can be worse sitting or standing
  • Leg pain or thigh pain frequently described as burning or searing
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty moving thigh, leg or feet
  • Sharp pain
  • Difficulty standing or walking
Sciatica (pronounced sigh-at-eh-kah) is more of a description of the symptoms of leg pain and thigh pain, originating from your low back, then a medical diagnosis.

NONSURGICAL TREATMENT

Most cases of sciatica and sciatic nerve pain or lumbar radiculopathy respond well to conservative care. Nonsurgical goals include pain relief and resolution of neurological function and symptoms. 

Nonsurgical treatment of sciatica and irritation of the sciatic nerve can include one or more of the following.

  • DRX 9000 - computerized nonsurgical spinal disc decompression. This advanced conservative nonsurgical treatment has been proven to be very effective over the past 5 – 10 years.
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy/exercise
  • Heat/ice
  • Pain medication
Sciatic pain varies from constant to infrequent and annoying to debilitating. The location of the pinched nerve can determine the location of the leg and or thigh pain and any weakness that may occur. Most often, the longer you wait to receive treatment the more difficult it can be to resolve the symptoms. In many instances, sciatic pain is a condition that develops slowly over time due to wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine and discs. The discs become dry and weakened and become more susceptible to injury. For this reason, non-surgical spinal decompression is a very effective treatment method. Non surgical spinal decompression helps to minimize pain by re-hydrating and re-nourishing the involved discs and nerve roots. Additionally, it helps to minimize disc herniation and bulges reducing compression of the involved nerve root.  

7 of the most common causes of sciatica (sciatic nerve pain or lumbar radiculopathy)
  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Degenerative facets
  • Pinched nerve
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