About 9 years ago we began to incorporate nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000 into our treatment protocols. Then, a few years later we purchased a deep tissue laser therapy system, the LiteCure LCT-1000. The results have been outstanding.
Just to clarify, sciatica, which is pain, numbness, or tingling in the leg due to inflammation of the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body), is a symptom and not a cause. As is most pain. And believe me…when you have sciatica you do not really care if it is a symptom or a cause you just want to get rid of it…NOW!
Sciatica is usually the result of a pinched or irritated nerve (or nerve root) in the lumbar spine (low back) secondary to a herniated or bulging disc or degenerative disc disease (DDD). There are other conditions that can irritate the sciatic nerve like Facet Syndrome and Piriformis Syndrome. But most of the time it’s a disc bulge or herniation.
Deep tissue laser therapy is often able to help sciatica pain because it can rapidly reduce inflammation by energizing damaged cells with light energy (photobiostimulation). Inflammation of the sciatic nerve is what causes the pain. However, if the underlying cause of the sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc in the low back, and it most likely is, this should be treated or the condition will continue to regress becoming more bothersome over time.
The DRX9000 spinal decompression system is able to help heal herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndromes, and pinched nerves naturally which is a more permanent solution to sciatica. We may use our laser to help get the pain levels down, but the spinal disc decompression machine is the gold standard for fixing the underlying problem.
In any case, the choice is yours. Spinal decompression is more expensive and is also much more of a time commitment. But the results for the most part are long lasting and it is addressing the underlying cause of the sciatica.
Either way is fine with us.
To find out if you are a candidate for Sciatica Treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Ask for a complimentary consultation and we will demonstrate both the laser and DRX9000 to you. If you have an x-ray or MRI report bring it with you. Chances are we can help 🙂