Get Lasting Relief from Sciatic Nerve Pain
If you’re suffering from low back pain or pain that goes down from your back into your legs and feet, you may have sciatica. But, thanks to The Nerve & Disc Institute’s IntraDiscNutrosis® treatment program, there is a natural, non-invasive way to get lasting results. Don’t settle for living every day in pain. Call now to see if you qualify for this unique treatment program.
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What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica, generally speaking, is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerves which run from the spinal column down through each of the legs. This inflammation is typically the direct result of a damaged or herniated disc. These discs, which sit between each of the spinal vertebrae, are tough, jelly-like rings that protect the nerves traveling to and from the spinal cord itself as the spine compresses throughout the day. When the spine is moved abnormally through heavy lifting or injury, the discs can rupture, limiting their ability to absorb the compressive forces they’re continuously exposed to. As a result, any nerve that happens to run through the area that’s now being compressed is pinched. More often than not with these kinds of injuries, the pinched nerve in question is the Sciatic nerve.
When the Sciatic nerve is compressed the pain it causes can travel the length of the nerve all the way into the leg.
How Do I Know if I Have Sciatica?
The pain from sciatica can manifest itself in a variety of ways but most often it’s described as:
- Sharp Electric Shock Pain
- Burning Sensations
- Weakness in the legs and feet
- Muscle Spasms
All of which can travel from the back to the buttocks and legs. Though the pain is sometimes just a manageable inconvenience, more often than not it can be debilitating, severely decreasing quality of life.
Because the source of the pain is a compressive force caused by motion of the spinal vertebrae, various motions can cause the pain to flare up. These include but are not limited to: prolonged sitting or standing, jerking motions such as those from sneezing and laughing, and bending backward.
Left untreated this pain can worsen over time if the herniated disc causing the pinched nerve is not allowed to heal.
What Treatments Are Available?
For cases in which the pain is not debilitating or worsening, some patients may seek to treat their symptoms with the following options:
- Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- Avoiding the activities that cause pain
- Alternating cold and hot compresses
- Lying flat on your back with a pillow between your knees
When simple pain management strategies no longer work, however, seeing a professional may be necessary.
Surgical and Non-surgical Treatments:
Depending on the severity of the spinal compression and disc herniation causing sciatica, several non-surgical options are available including ultrasound stimulation, trans-electrical nerve stimulation (also called TENS), chiropractic manipulation, spinal decompression therapy, and IntraDiscNutrosis®.
Ultrasound and TENS both are used to treat the muscle spasms and sharp pain associated with Sciatica although they do this through differing methods. Ultrasound heats tissue, increasing circulation which helps to loosen tight muscles and release tension. By contrast, TENS stimulates muscle contraction and release through varying electric impulses in order to lessen pain.
Because ultimately Sciatica is caused a misalignment or ruptured spinal disc, it is unlikely that ultrasound or TENS alone will fully and permanently eliminate the symptoms. For this reason, chiropractors often choose to treat Sciatica using Chiropractic Manipulation techniques as well as Spinal Decompression.
Chiropractic manipulation involves painlessly but forcibly realigning the body to its original state. In treating Sciatica, this often means the realignment of spinal vertebrae and discs to relieve pressure on the Sciatic Nerve.
During Spinal Decompression, the constant compressive force gravity places on the spinal column is temporarily relieved, allowing the intervertebral discs to heal. By relieving that pressure, even temporarily, spinal discs are allowed to heal and return to naturally preventing the compressive forces on the Sciatic Nerve.
Sciatica can also be treated with surgery to prevent the Sciatic Nerve from being compressed. This procedure often involves a discectomy, literally the removal of a section of bone and/or disc to prevent compression of the nerve. Because of the risks inherent in any spinal surgery, we recommend patients with Sciatica exhaust all other options before undergoing such a treatment.
Finally, The Nerve & Disc Institute’s IntraDiscNutrosis® treatment program is a medical breakthrough for people suffering from sciatica and other disc-related symptoms. It is not physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain management, injections, or spinal surgery. By reestablishing your disc’s built-in physiological mechanisms for self-healing, IntraDiscNutrosis® activates your disc’s natural, God-given ability to repair its own cells, which in turn can repair your disc. In fact, independent, randomized, third-party medical studies confirm that The Nerve & Disc Institute™ has a success rate of over 90% in obtaining significant improvement and lasting results for our typical patients.