Sciatica is compression of the sciatic nerve and can be very debilitating. Sciatic nerve pain usually results in pain at the origin in the lower back that travels down the back of one or both buttocks, legs and into the feet. The symptoms of sciatica are usually described as: sharp, burning, tingling, numbness or stabbing.
One common cause is a bulging or herniated disc of the lumbar spine or lower back. When discs bulge or herniate, they may put pressure on the sciatic nerve which in turn produces the symptoms described above.
Sciatica is usually associated with pressure on the nerve due to another structure, such as herniated disc, versus a peripheral neuropathy which is typically a problem in the function of the nerve itself. This is why Sciatica is usually classified as a radiculopathy (radiating nerve pain).
Sciatica may also be caused by injury to the other structures and muscles of the pelvis.
In the past, a patient suffering from disc problems was usually given pain medications and sent for physical therapy. When they didn’t make progress, then spinal surgery was recommended. In fact many cases seemed to always result in surgery,… but not any more.
Today, you don’t have to live with the pain anymore, and surgery is not your only option. Thanks to some physicians and medical engineers, research has brought the advent of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy which effectively treats bulging or herniated discs of the neck and lower back. We see sciatic pain relieved and people’s mobility restored and quality of life improved. Most people are restored to an active lifestyle once again.
Contact us at 435-673-1443 to schedule a consultation and examination to determine whether or not you are a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression. Or call us with any questions you have.