San Francisco Chiropractor and Disc Herniation Doctor Comments:
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. Inflammation of the sciatic nerve is called sciatica...which means you have pain that travels down the leg. The sciatic nerve originates in the lumbar (lower) spine. It is created by branches of lumbar nerve roots.
The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that travels from the low back through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. The vast majority of people who experience sciatica get better with time (usually a few weeks or months) and find pain relief with non-surgical sciatica treatment. For others, however, sciatica can be severe and debilitating
Anyway...it is universally accepted that sciatica is usually the result of a bulging disc, herniated disc, or spinal stenosis. There are other causes also, such as piriformis syndrome, degenerative disc disease, facet syndromes, and vertebral subluxation. Sciatica is just a symptom...not the actual problem.
So, when it come to the treatment of sciatica, we need to look at correcting the problem...removing the mechanical pressure off of the sciatic nerve. Sometimes chiropractic adjustments can do this. Surgery obviously can...but what about the risks?
Well...this is where nonsurgical spinal decompression comes into play. Spinal decompression systems such as the Axiom Worldwide DRX9000 were designed and built specifically to treat neurovasclar compression syndromes such as bulging and herniated lumbar discs...a primary cause of sciatica. Sure the DRX9000 ( watch DRX video ) wont help every single person that does it...but nothing will.
Spinal decompression therapy has proven to be very safe and effective...and is gaining popularity every day...even amongst the medical profession.