Is Spinal Decompression an Effective Sciatica Treatment?
Sciatica can range from mildly annoying to debilitating and dangerous.
Up to 40% of people will suffer from sciatica at some point in their life. For most people, symptoms may disappear for a while but always return.
The only effective sciatica treatment targets the problem at its source. Over the counter medications and opioids simply don’t work – they just temporarily mask the symptoms.
Chiropractic, however, offers a comprehensive solution that gets to the root of your sciatic pain. Here’s how.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is more of a symptom than a condition in itself.
You know the familiar feeling when it comes on: A shooting pain that radiates from your buttock down through your leg. Most people notice the pain gets worse while they’re sitting or bearing weight on the affected leg.
In almost all patients, the sciatica pain stems from a problem in your lower back. Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back through your buttock and down your thigh. It’s an extremely large nerve.
When vertebrae in your low back shift out of place, they can irritate or pinch your sciatic nerve which causes the intense pain. Pregnancy can also irritate the sciatic nerve. Some specific causes of sciatica include:
- Spinal stenosis in your lumbar spine
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated, bulging, or slipped discs in the low back
- Muscle spasms
Non-surgical spinal decompression is effective because it gently relieves the pressure on your lumbar spine. Nutrients and oxygen can enter the damaged disc and help it heal. By targeting the damaged disc, spinal decompression can relieve your secondary sciatic pain.
Comprehensive Sciatica Treatment in League City, TX
Dr. Alfredo Vazquez has helped countless League City patients find relief from sciatic pain with gentle chiropractic care and acupuncture.
On your first visit, Dr. Vazquez will ask questions about your medical history, symptoms, and daily activities. X-rays are also important for understanding the full extent of your lower back injury.
If you and Dr. Vazquez decide spinal decompression is the right choice, you may begin treatment immediately.
Don’t wait for your sciatic pain to get worse! Schedule an appointment at Texas Spine & Sports Rehab today by calling 832-647-0761.