Sciatica is a term that is used to describes the pain that radiates down the back of the leg. It is the pain that is associated with the irritation of the sciatic nerve. Many of the cases of sciatica are caused by herniation or bulging of the discs in the lumbar spine. The discs located between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine. They are a soft cartilaginous structure that’s main purpose is to provide cushion between the vertebrae.
The disc has an inner portion that has a much higher water content then the outer portion and is therefore softer in consistency. If the outer portion of the disc weakens or is damaged, the inside portion will move outward and create a bulge or what is technically referred to as a herniated disc. This herniation narrows the hole where the spinal nerve exits. This narrowing will then cause irritation, pressure or inflammation of the nerves which then creates symptoms of pain, numbness or weakness down the leg.
Some traditional treatments for sciatica consists of pain medication, injections and in more severe cases surgery. Although these treatments may offer some relief, the relief is short term. These traditional treatments may decrease the pain but they also are accompanied with significant risk. The risk to reward benefits are often not worth the long term effects, since most of these treatments are temporary in nature.
Spinal decompression is a new treatment that has proven to be highly effective and doesn’t have the risk factors associated with the other treatments. Spinal decompression is a new, advanced form of spinal traction with a patented computer monitoring device. The device is non-invasive, and uses a gentle force to traction the spine. This treatment is safe and gentle and has a very high success rate, because it physically treats the cause of sciatica. The unit gently pulls the spine safely guarding reflex muscle contraction with is associated with traditional traction methods. Since it bypasses the muscle’s response it allows a therapeutic negative pressure to develop inside the disc space. This negative pressure draws in nutrition and fluid that is necessary for the disc to heal as well as reduces the herniated or bulging material and relieves the sciatic nerve.
Quite simply spinal decompression is a treatment of choice for those that suffer from sciatic pain and do not want to take medications or worse yet, opt for surgical treatment. This treatment represents a real option for many who suffer from sciatica to truly correct the problem and remain pain free. Although spinal decompression is not recommended for everyone, many will find long lasting and effective relief from spinal decompression.