The sciatic nerve is a common source of recurring, often debilitating, pain extending from the lower back down through one or both legs. Stabbing pain along with a burning sensation and numbness or weakness are unfortunate facts of life for many people. If this condition sounds familiar, your suffering is likely caused by a problem with a spinal disc which is putting pressure on the important set of nerves that supplies your legs. Stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal, can also be a source of sciatica pain, as can arthritis or bony spinal growths (spurs) or an injury. Pregnancy or a tumor may also bring on sciatica.
The condition can be made worse over time by aging, a physically demanding job or one that keeps you behind the wheel of a car or truck. Strenuous sports or running, even walking or, at the other extreme, inactivity, can bring on sciatica. Diabetes or obesity can also cause sciatica pain. If you smoke or consume alcohol, this can be a factor.
At this point, after much suffering, you may be frustrated by attempts to live with the pain in your lower back and buttocks, tingling weakness and leg pain. Although sciatica pain can interfere with your life significantly, back surgery is a drastic step you’d naturally like to avoid at all costs. It’s normal to feel discouraged by lack of progress, after many less invasive treatments have brought disappointing results. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options you may not have yet considered.
Sciatica treatment options
These treatments offer help and hope for many sciatica sufferers. Different treatment combinations are effective for different individuals, so its important to try a variety of methods. Many of these treatments will be all too familiar, but take heart, Functional Disc Rehydration™ offers new hope to many who have been living with sciatica pain for far too long:
- Heat and/or ice – Generally applied for 20 to 30 minutes and repeated every two hours. Ice and heat may be alternated.
- Chiropractic manipulation – Can help to provide better orientation of bones in the spinal column to treat conditions that contribute to sciatica pain.
- Acupuncture – Fine needles inserted into the skin near the painful area can provide relief.
- Massage – Can increase blood circulation, relax muscles and release the body’s own natural pain relievers: endorphins.
- Functional Disc Rehydration™ -- Is a simple, non-invasive, yet effective, treatment developed by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer and the Illinois Back Institute to treat worn discs now pressing on your sciatic nerve. The treatment returns spinal discs to their healthier, more youthful condition. This innovative treatment brings a fresh supply of vital oxygen and essential nutrients into the nucleus of spinal discs. The end result is that this process takes the pressure off the nerve and makes you feel better.
The discs of your spine were once comfortably cushioned with gel, but have become dehydrated over time, causing pressure and pain in the sciatic nerve. Dr. Jeff’s non-invasive functional disc rehydration method helps return spinal discs to health and strength, reversing degeneration. Regaining strength, the back becomes stable once again, supported by rejuvenated muscles—and best of all—pain free.
For an assessment of your back pain, contact Dr. Jeff. Learn more about the simple effective treatment that can bring you relief once and for all. Contact us today.