Tired of dealing with the sharp, burning, stabbing buttocks, hip and or leg pain that is unrelenting. It is life altering when you have this pain and can be equally life returning when it gets resolved. Typically most patients with sciatica and sciatic pain go thru the same paths to come to us as follows:
-Patient starts feeling sciatic pain, goes to see there primary doctor. They get prescribed pain medications and anti-inflammatories. This may take the edge of or even "work" for a short period of time reducing the pain but last only temporarily and the pain returns just as bad or worse than before.
-Patient goes back to the doctor, gets prescribed physical therapy. Because sciatic pain is caused by a compressed disc pushing on the sciatic nerve causing the pain, it will be extremely rare that the patient will get relief with physical therapy as they are focusing on the muscles to help the pain, which is not the source of the problem.
-Patient goes back to the doctor after physical therpay did not work. Doctor performs or refers patient out for spinal injections. These are injections of cortisone are not typically long lasting and actually cause the spinal discs to dehydrate which can add to the already existing problem. Here is some info on the injections,
In April 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a drug safety communication entitled “FDA requires label changes to warn of rare but serious neurologic problems after epidural corticosteroid injections (ESI) for pain.”
-Patient now goes back to doctor after these therapies failed
Possibly, the patient also tried chiropractic adjustments (which focus on the joints and not the disc, so this will not help and can even worsen the condition), massage therapy, acupuncture and or acupressure, cupping and a few other therapies which do not focus on the problem, which is the disc being compressed and pushing on the spinal nerve causing the pain. When the disc is compressed, it can no longer get water, oxygen and nutrients and inflammation around the disc stays in the are and causes an increase in the pain.
This leads the patient to more pain, frustration, money form missed work and or treatments that did not work and hopelessness.
Now we are down to 3 options
1. Live with the pain
2. Surgery - which sometimes can be necessary depending on the size of the disc that is compressed and the health of the patient. However, outcomes for long term pain releif are not great with surgery. This is from an article on www.Spine-Health.com:
Research suggests that surgery for sciatica may provide better reduction in pain and improvement in functional outcome for up to 1 year as compared to nonsurgical treatments. However, in the long term (4 to 10 years), the outcome for both approaches are usually similar.
3. NSSD, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression aka Spinal Decompression - is a successful treatment proven highly effective and researched by Johns Hopkins, Stanford University and Mayo clinic among others to alleviate and treat the cause of the sciatica pain. It works by gently separating the spinal bones in the lower spine which allows the pressure to come off of the sciatic nerves thus allowing oxygen, water and nutrients back into the spinal disc and flushing out the inflammation within the area thus alleviating and treating the cause of the pain instead of only treating the symptoms.
If what you are doing is working, then keep doing it. However, if it is not, then you may want to consider a different approach.
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