We have been helping patients with sciatica since 1992 at Executive Express Chiropractic (formerly Front Street Chiropractic) in the Financial District.
About 5 years ago we began to incorporate spinal decompression into our low back pain protocols for sciatica. Most cases of sciatica are due to neurovascular compression from a bulging disc or herniated disc .
The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the low back and travels 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, sciatic nerve pain can be severe and debilitating.
The Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body...it's diameter can be as large as a quarter. The nerve roots of the sciatic nerve originate in the lower back and exit from in between the lumbar vertebrae, before coming together to form the sciatic nerve.
Nerves are very sensitive to pressure. In fact, the the weight of a dime on the sciatic nerve can interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses and cause pain. There are many sources of nerve root pressure, here are a few: Bone out of place (vertebral subluxation), spinal stenosis, disc herniation, disc bulge, spinal degeneration, facet syndrome, and facet syndromes.
When we get pressure on a nerve root, the pain will travel to whatever body part that nerve is traveling to. Since lumbar nerve roots travel down the leg and into the feet...pressure on them (often referred to as a pinched nerve) can cause pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness, in the legs and feet.
In reality, Sciatica is a symptom, not a cause. You can also get sciatica from pressure on the sciatic nerve as it travels through the Piriformis muscle in the buttocks...this is called Piriformis Syndrome .
Since most case of sciatica are from a herniated disc or a bulging disc (often referred to as slipped disc)...the question becomes...What is the best treatment to fix a herniated disc?
Sure there is back surgery...but back surgery is not indicated all of the time. Heck...my experience has been that back surgery is not indicated most of the time.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat lumbar disc herniations, disc bulges, stenosis, and facet syndromes without surgery. Spinal decompression enlarges the disc space, elongates the spine, re-positions the disc, re-hydrates the disc, and strengthens the spinal ligaments and muscles. It's like a respirator for the discs. The results have been amazing at our spinal decompression center in San Francisco .
Does spinal decompression fix everyone...NO...but not everyone qualifies either. You have to qualify. Sometimes your herniated disc and spinal degeneration is beyond the reach of spinal decompression. A trained spinal decompression doctor will be able to make the call.
If you have sciatica or other lumbar neurovascular compression signs and symptoms and would like to find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression, please call Executive Express Chiropractic at 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.