San Francisco Spinal Decompression Doctor Comments:
Sciatica describes leg pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs, that is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve in the low back or buttocks. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. In some people the sciatic nerve is the diameter of a quarter at it's largest point.
Sciatica is usually caused by a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine from a herniated disc or a bulging disc. Degenerative disc disease and Facet syndrome can also cause sciatica...as can Piriformis syndrome. There is a muscle in the buttocks called the Piriformis muscle that the sciatic nerve passes through on it's journey down the leg to the feet.
Some people that sit a lot like truck drivers or office workers are prone to Piriformis muscle irritation, especially if they have a wallet in their back pocket which can cause postural imbalances and piriformis muscle spasms.
Spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve root channels (secondary to disc degeneration or bulging or herniated disc pathology) can also cause sciatica symptoms.
Sciatica is usually an indication that your back condition is advancing and getting worse.
So what's the best treatment for sciatica pain?
Well, it depends who you talk to. Many orthopedic surgeons will want to either to cortisone injections to get the inflammation down...then physical therapy. Or, if the disc herniation in the low back is severe and the spine is unstable and has a lot of degeneration, they will want to perform back surgery.
A chiropractor will probably want to try a short course of spinal adjustments, massage, and exercise rehabilitation.
A spinal decompression doctor may want to do a combination of any of the above, or simply try spinal decompression as a stand alone treatment for your herniated disc, stenosis, bulging disc, or facet syndrome.
At our spinal decompression clinic in San Francisco, we incorporate spinal disc decompression with the DRX9000, deep tissue laser therapy, massage, Graston method, and spinal core rehabilitation to achieve favorable outcomes for sciatica related neurovascular compression syndromes.
We work with Medical doctors, Physical Therapist, Physical Medicine doctors, and acupuncturists as needed.
Degenerative Disc Disease in the lumbar spine is a process that usually unfolds over many years...ultimately leading to bulging discs, herniated discs, and sciatica.
Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat the causes of sciatica and not just the symptoms like pain medications and cortisone injections.
Can you do spinal decompression at home or hang on an inversion table for sciatica?
I would not do it...you could make your back problem worse.
Hey...don't get me wrong...inversion tables and home decompression systems work fine for some people and feel pretty good for low back stiffness...but don't take the chance with sciatica.
So anyway, if you have sciatica and you want to find out if spinal decompression treatment makes sense for you, I would find a chiropractor, physical medicine doctor, or orthopedist, that incorporates nonsurgical spinal decompression into their treatment programs for chronic low back pain.
To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225 and ask for a complimentary consultation.