Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) of the lumbar spine is fairly common. In fact, it' s so common that some of the medical community wonder if it should just be considered a clinical finding vs. a diagnosis or disease.
Leg pain ( sciatica ) is less common, but frequently occurs in patients that have DDD. Is it the disc disease that' s causing the sciatica? Can the degenerated disc be repaired? These questions are hot topics...but unfortunately most of the answers are just opinions unsubstantiated by facts.
In reality, when someone presents with degenerative disc disease and sciatica, you don' t really know for sure if they are connected...according to the latest research.
Heck, there can even be a herniated disc pressing on the sciatic nerve and often times it' s hard to prove that that' s what' s actually causing the leg pain...or so the research says.
Sure...I have my opinions just like everyone else...and I just don' t see how there could not be a connection between badly degenerated lumbar spinal bones/discs and sciatica.
The problem is that the nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve originate from many levels of the lumbar spine. Pressure anywhere (on any of the nerve roots) will cause (or could cause) some sort of leg pain. And in reality, there are usually several degenerated discs or herniated discs when DDD is present...how do you know which one is causing the problem?...you don' t.
This is why chiropractic and nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy make so much sense to me...because we can treat the problem using a more comprehensive approach.
Sure we target the most likely cause of the problem (the primary injured disc)...but at the same time we work on the entire spine and person. And...if we don' t see quick results we put focused attention on the other degenerated spinal discs (spinal decompression targets specific spinal segments).
We don' t cut anything out or fuse anything together. We measure results by how the patient feels and increased function. How would like like to have spine surgery and still have your symptoms? Well...it' s not that uncommon...and you cant reverse it.
If chiropractic or spinal decompression does not achieve a favorable outcome at least you are still whole...and both are very safe. But the odds are in your favor (see Spinal Decompression Special Report ).
So if you have leg pain (sciatica), degenerated discs, bulging discs, or chronic back pain...and nothing is working...consider chiropractic or spinal decompression...or both...it just might be the missing link.