Science Says Spinal Decompression Therapy is the Best Way to Treat Sciatica
Sciatic pain is caused when a spinal disc (bulge/herniation), excess bone overgrowth (osteoarthritis), or overgrown ligaments (hypertrophy) or any combination thereof begin to pinch on your low back’s nerves. Science now says that Spinal Decompression Therapy may be one of the best ways to find relief.
Bottom Line: You know how scary it can be if you’ve ever fallen to your knees in pain due to sciatica. Sciatic pain is caused when a spinal disc (bulge/herniation), excess bone overgrowth (osteoarthritis), or overgrown ligaments (hypertrophy) or any combination thereof begin to pinch on your low back’s nerves. These nerves travel down your buttocks, down the back of your leg, and end up in your foot. Pain that locks up your low back and travels down your leg after sneezing, coughing, or bending over to pick something up is one of the least welcomed surprises you can experience. But, do you know the best way to find relief?
Why it Matters: You may find it surprising to learn that disc bulges and herniations are pretty common as we get older, and a majority of the time, they don’t cause any pain. That’s right. You can (and may right now) have various spinal disc issues that aren’t causing you any pain. However, if a nerve in your low back begins to get pinched, your body will let you know about it with a jolt of pain. It may seem like the only way to “take care” of a bulged or herniated disc is by cutting it out with surgery, but that’s not the case. The best way to treat sciatica is with the care offered in our practice. Gentle stretching exercises and non-surgical spinal decompression therapy effectively reduce the pain associated with sciatica by reducing the pinching (or compression) on your spinal nerves.
- Controlled movement of your spinal joints can help reduce the inflammation and pain associated with sciatica.
- Surgery is a last resort, and it’s estimated that less than 5% of people with sciatica are good candidates for surgical intervention.
- A recent study found more relief (over 60%) with spinal decompression therapy than with spinal injections for people with lumbar disc herniations.
Next Steps: Having sciatica doesn’t mean that you are destined for surgery. Most people with disc issues and sciatica can get well using Spinal Decompression Therapy care. Remember, your spine is resilient, your spinal discs can heal, and we’re here to help. Call us today if you have been struggling with sciatica.
Science Source: https://thesmartchiropractor.com/science-sources/