The term Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg, that originates in the low back (lumbar spine). The sciatic nerve originates in the low back and travels through the piriformis muscle in the buttocks, then all the way down the back of the leg.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and in some people can be the diameter of a size of a quarter at it’s largest point. It is formed by branches of nerve roots in the lumbar spine that come together to form one large nerve.
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging lumbar disc causing a pinched nerve. Degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis can also cause sciatica. As can Piriformis Syndrome.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression, which isolates on a specific spinal segment, say L5-S1, is in most cases, able to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve by reducing the lumbar disc herniation or bulging disc. The spinal decompression machine we use is the DRX9000.
The DRX9000 enlarges the disc space which creates a negative pressure inside the disc, which creates a suction type action which repositions the herniated and bulging discs into a more normal position. The DRX9000 also elongates the spine, re-hydrates the disc (which increases disc height), and strengthens the spinal ligaments.
Spinal decompression therapy helps the spine to do what it would if it could…just like a respirator does for the lungs. The DRX9000 is a respirator for the spinal discs.
What this does is help to reduce inflammation and muscle spasm and gives the injured lumbar disc a chance to heal. It also reduces the pressure off the sciatic nerve which is the primary source of sciatica in most people.
Sciatica relief with spinal decompression usually happens within a few sessions. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to work through the entire program to make the sciatica relief permanent. At least that’s the plan. Outcomes are excellent.
Will spinal decompression with the DRX9000 get rid of your sciatica? Maybe…probably.
It depends on your age, your over-all physical condition, how many disc herniations you have and spinal degeneration. Do you have any complications such as scoliosis or a short leg, etc.
The best thing to do if you are suffering with back pain or sciatica is to find a back pain doctor that has a spinal decompression machine like the DRX9000. There are also other fine decompression systems out there.
To find out if you are a candidate for the DRX9000 at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.