Sciatica and Herniated Disc
Sciatica or radiating pain is usually due to a spinal disc herniation pressing on the spinal nerve roots. Other problems that may result in radiating pain include spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis.
The discs of the spine function both as shock absorbers and spacers to separate the bones of the spine, thereby allowing more space for the spinal nerves to exit from the spinal cord without being “pinched.”
The disc can be damaged through a major trauma like lifting something that is very heavy or by repetitive micro-trauma over a period of time. The result of these traumas can be that the disc will thin out, degenerate, bulge, or herniate.
The cartilage of the outer walls of the disc are damaged or weakened to varying degrees due to trauma. As pressure is put onto a disc, the inner material of the disc (nucleus pulposis) is pushed outward. If the cartilage wall that is trying to hold in this nucleus pulposis has been weakened, then the nucleus pulposis can:
- Disc Degeneration – Slowly leak past the damaged cartilage fibers. The amount of material that leaks out will determine the remaining thickness of the disc. Disc degeneration (thinning and dehydrating disc) has less shock absorption and the less space for the spinal nerves to exit from the spinal cord, causing a greater likelihood of the nerve being “pinched”.
- Bulging Disc – Push out the cartilaginous wall of the disc causing a bulging disc (like a bubble in a tire). This bulging disc can put pressure against the spinal cord or can take up space that the spinal nerves need to exit from the spinal cord, causing a greater likelihood of the nerve being “pinched”.
- Herniated Disc – Suddenly have a large volume of material push (herniate) through the cartilaginous wall causing a herniated disc. The herniated material can lodge against the spinal cord, the nerve root or reduce the space the nerve has to exit from the spinal cord, causing a greater likelihood of the nerve being “pinched”.
TRUE SPINAL DECOMPRESSION
Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical and drug-free answer for disc related syndromes of the lumbar and cervical spines when chiropractic, physical therapy and traditional allopathic treatments fail. Many people across the country have found relief from sciatica or pain associated with herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, degenerative joint disease, pinched nerves and other spinal disorders.
Spinal decompression uses computer aided technology to apply gentle, non-surgical decompression to your spine. There is a big difference between traction, distraction and decompression therapy. Decompression therapy is a unique combination of restraint, treatment parameters, angle position and equipment engineering.
True spinal biomechanics and the ability to use them can make the difference between a patient getting well, and being destined to a life of pain and misery. After thorough evaluation, correcting the problems is done through proper spinal decompression protocols.
These protocols include, proper patient placement, absolute and exact spinal positioning for maximum lesion reduction, and knowing the proper setup for the decompression unit and the right treatment parameters.
Spinal decompression therapy reduces pressure inside the discs of the spine and facilitates the transfer of nutrients and oxygen back into the disc, allowing the herniated and bulging disc to eventually go back into normal position.
Each treatment session averages 15 to 30 minutes in duration. On average, herniated discs generally respond within 5 – 20 sessions. Spinal decompression therapy is often very successful to treat sciatica or radiating pain by correcting the underlying problem, herniated disc or spinal disorder.
Call our office to schedule your consultation and learn if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy.