The Illinois Back Institute specializes in treating and relieving sciatica pain. To understand how to treat sciatica you need to understand what is causing sciatica. 90% of Sciatica is a pinching of a nerve in the spine. The nerves get pinched in between the vertebrae in the area known as the foramen. A brief summary of the spine is necessary to understand how to treat it.
The disc is a lot like a jelly donut, from the point of view that the outside of the disc is a thick material and inside the disc there is a jelly. The jelly gives stability to the spine the same way air gives stability to a tire.
The problem is that the jelly can move and sometimes even come out of the disc. Movement of the jelly is what causes bulging discs. When the jelly comes out of the disc it is known as a herniated disc. These conditions will cause back pain but also cause pinching of the nerves in the foramen.
So the key to eliminating sciatica is eliminating the causes of the pinched nerve. The 4 main causes that lead to pinching of the nerve in the foramen are:
- Herniated disc – the most common reason
- Bulging disc
- Degenerated disc
To treat sciatica you need to treat the disc. The key is to free up the space where the nerve is being pinched. When you "un-pinch" the nerve your sciatic pain and back pain go away. To accomplish this you need to get healing in the disc.
Treatment that focuses on healing the disc has the best chance of success. Sciatica tends to be one of the most complicated of back problems. 90% of all treatments that are performed for sciatica don’t focus on the disc and are unsuccessful. So as a result of ineffective treatments and the complexity of the problem, many of these conditions wind up in surgery.
Our treatment known as Functional Disc Stabilization addresses the pain in your back and your sciatica. The treatment eliminates the problems in the disc thereby eliminating the cause of the problem. It’s the only treatment of its kind, and is the most effective for sciatica, and is all done without drugs or surgery.
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