The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and is formed from branches (nerve roots) of nerves that exit from the lumbar spine. Pressure anywhere on the nerve branches, or on the sciatic nerve itself, can cause pain down the leg (sciatica), numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain.
Conventional treatments such as pain medications, cortisone, physical therapy, and even chiropractic...often time do nothing to help sciatica.
When a lumbar spinal disc is not functioning properly, pressure builds up inside...as do waste products which are catabolic (tear down) to the disc tissue. The intradiscal pressure can force the canter of the disc...the nucleus, onto nerve tissue...causing inflammation, dysfunction, and leg pain.
It becomes a viscous cycle...and over time the discs degenerate further as they are unable to receive adequate nutrients and fluid from the bloodstream. And...spinal discs above and below the injured disc become prone to injury....and the same thing starts to happen to them. This is why we often times see multiple levels of disc herniations.
Anyway...there is a treatment called nonsurgical spinal decompression that is having great success treating herniated and bulging lumbar discs...even degenerative disc disease. Spinal decompression is able to reduce intradiscal pressure by enlarging the disc space and elongating the spine. Nonsurgical spinal decompression actually creates a "negative pressure" which sucks the herniated disc fragments back into the center of the disc where they belong. This helps to re-establish fluid exchange, re-position the disc, and promote healing...and reduce leg pain.
You can find out if you are a candidate for lumbar decompression therapy at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center by calling 415-392-2225...ask for a complimentary consultation...or request an appointment online.