Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sciatica from a Herniated Disc-Non Surgical treatment in Manhattan, NYC

I like to give credit when credit is due. Several Chiropractors have written excellent article on how spinal decompression can help someone with Sciatica due to a herniated disc.
I have posted it below.
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Sciatica From A Herniated Disc

by Randall Pruitt, DC, DACNB, DAAPM, MUAC

The pain from a herniated disc can be quite excruciating. Not only can you have back pain but you can also experience sciatica. This can be a doubly painful situation.

A herniated disc is the end product of a weakened out disc called the annulus fibrosis allowing the softer more pliable central portion of the disc the nucleus pulposis to migrate it’s way through.

In research studies only the outer 1/3 of the disc has been shown to contain pain sensitive fibers. Therefore damage can accumulate over time before the person ever feels any pain.

Usually the beginnings of a disc problem come in the form of repetitive stress or activities, trauma or poor sitting posture. Once the outer fibers weaken then migration of the disc material may take some time.

Local back pain is usually the first sign of a disc problem. As the nucleus moves it’s way out it begins to contact the outer fibers irritating their pain sensitive nerve fibers.

Once the back pain begins the usual progression my be a short reprieve from the pain as the offending activities are stopped or altered.

Many people make the false assumption that the pain is gone for good, however the medical literature shows a very different scenario. People are almost always destined to have another bout of back pain within a year, unless proper treatment is applied.

Once the pain returns it is usually worse and as the pain returns over and over again it usually starts with move it’s way down the leg or arm as the nerves become affected.

Once pain begins to move into the leg it is often called sciatica. This condition is associated with involvement of the sciatic nerve.

The pain from sciatica can be a consequence of either pressure from the disc itself on the nerve or from inflammation caused by the injured disc irritating the sciatic nerve.

If the problem causing sciatica is chemical or compressive it really doesn’t matter. The disc has to be treated properly for a long term solution. This is best accomplished with spinal decompression.

The outer fibers of the disc are able to scar over due to the negative pressures inside the disc, created with spinal decompression pulling back in the herniated material

This really is the best solution for sciatica caused by a herniated disc.

Spinal decompression with the DRX 9000 is available in our Manhattan Medical practice
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