Treatment for sciatic nerve pain
Treatment for sciatic nerve pain does not have to require invasive procedures or addiction risk. Chiropractic is non-invasive, safe, and effective. In my previous post, Sciatic nerve pain relief, I shared what sciatica is and what causes sciatic nerve pain. Now, let’s compare the available treatments and take a more in-depth look at how and why chiropractic is the best option.
Traditional treatments for sciatica
Traditional treatments for sciatic nerve pain often don’t get to the bottom of the issue. Without addressing the root cause, the pain can just keep coming back.
Non-surgical medical treatments include options like pain and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), muscle relaxers, opioids, and steroids. But they just mask symptoms and are unable to correct a nerve compression caused by a bulging or herniated discs, tumors, or other forms of spinal decay. The risk of addiction or the liver damage associated with long term use is also a factor that should be considered. For these reasons, drugs should only be used temporarily until the underlying problem is corrected.
Physical therapy can exercise and strengthen unstable joints and certainly has its part in your overall
treatment plan. However, if it does not address the root cause of your sciatica, then its relief may only be temporary.
Surgery is irreversible and sometimes fails, so it should be considered an option of last resort. Surgical treatment often involves cutting away disc tissue or removing bone to make room for the nerve but only about 2% of patients require surgery!
Chiropractic is the natural approach to better health and fast relief of sciatic nerve pain.
The best treatment for sciatic nerve pain: chiropractic
Sciatica responds very well to chiropractic care. Countless research studies have proven chiropractic to be not only helpful but also the safest choice. Consequently, patients are seeking the safer, more natural approach offered by chiropractic as an alternative to the risks associated with irreversible surgery. If you missed it, check out my video below.
Our methods for sciatic nerve pain relief
At Synergy Wellness Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in New York City, we specialize in the most challenging sciatica cases. Our treatment plans combine the use of cox flexion distraction, spinal decompression, and cold laser therapy. This combination delivers fast relief and is the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain. With this safe, effective, and drug-free process 99% of our patients are pain-free in four weeks!
Cox® Technic is the gold standard for treating sciatica. Cox flexion-distraction has been proven to increase disc height and spacing. This gentle treatment reduces intradiscal pressure with foraminal gapping. Flexion-distraction can improve mobility and reduce pain without the use of drugs. Patients report their symptoms have disappeared without drugs or surgery and that they can resume their lives and function normally.
As a certified Cox® Technic practitioner at Synergy Wellness Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, I use state of the art equipment like our new Cox®8 table, Hill Flexion Distraction table, and spinal decompression tables.
Spinal Decompression is a technique that we use for chronic spinal disc herniation and bulging. It involves the use of traction or separating the spinal segments to relieve lower back or neck pain. Decompression is different from cox flexion distraction but both are great options for people suffering from disc herniation, bulges, and stenosis pain. Flexion-distraction and Spinal Decompression can both ease pain and improve mobility without the use of expensive drugs that have side effects.
Some problems are caused by pressure on the spinal cord and or nerves. Compression of the cord, sometimes congenital and most times due to a bulged or herniated disc, can cause pain and numbness into the legs and feet or the arms and hands. It can also lead to other more severe conditions like muscle weakness, organ dysfunction, and even migraine headaches, to name a few.
Spinal decompression therapy involves mechanically stretching the spinal segments out, using traction. This relieves pressure on the vertebrae, discs, and nerves. The lower pressure also gives the body a chance to flood the damaged regions with healing chemicals, hormones, and nutrients. This enables the spine to heal itself faster.
Cold laser therapy
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) refers to “low” energy or “low level” laser. The term “cold laser” just means that the light is non-thermal. The treatment isn’t cold. Low-level lasers supply energy to tissue cells in the form of these non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers and under the fat tissue at all wavelengths in the visible range. Light waves in the near-infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum.
When low-level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood has positive effects throughout the body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell. Cold laser therapy does several things when used.
How cold laser therapy benefits patients
- Increased cell metabolism
- Improved blood circulation and vasodilation
- Analgesic effect
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
- Increased blood supply to damaged tissue
- Stimulation of the immune system
- Stimulation of nerve function
- Relieves acute and chronic pain
- Promotes faster healing and tissue repair
- Develops collagen and muscle tissue
- Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
- Reduces inflammation
Studies show that LLLT increases ATP production in the mitochondria of the cell. ATP is a complex chemical found in all forms of life. This chemical is the energy source that powers many different processes in living tissue cells. With more energy now available, the cells may utilize this fuel to function or operate more efficiently. Cold laser therapy gets this additional energy to the cells which then convert it into chemical energy to promote natural healing and pain relief.
Low-level laser therapy does not require constant, ongoing treatments.
Can chiropractic cure sciatic nerve pain?
Chiropractic techniques do not “cure” sciatic nerve pain, only your body can do that. Pain is your body’s way of saying, “Hey! Something’s wrong!” When you fix what is causing the problem the pain will go away. The chiropractic approach to sciatica (and other health problems) is to help restore the way your spine works, reducing nerve irritation and revitalizing your body’s natural healing ability. Taking the pressure off of the sciatic nerve by addressing the cause of the pressure allows the nerve to heal. Chiropractic is designed to correct problems so that your body can function normally and actually heal itself.
My entire team at Synergy Wellness Chiropractic & Physical Therapy in New York City is uniquely equipped to evaluate and treat even the most difficult cases of sciatic nerve pain. Our mission is to get you back to living life pain-free.
How long will I need chiropractic care for my sciatica?
Most sciatica patients experience amazing results with Cox® Technic, decompression, and cold laser therapy. We have a 99% success rate in just 4 weeks! Results naturally vary from patient to patient but many find themselves fully healed after years of neglect.
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Dr. David Kulla provides treatments for sciatic nerve pain at Synergy Wellness Chiropractic & Physical Therapy in New York City. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step to freedom from sciatica pain with safe and effective chiropractic care.
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Dr. David Kulla is a successful Chiropractor in New York City certified in Cox® Technic, Electro-Diagnostic testing, and Physiotherapy. Dr. Dave created Synergy Wellness Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, Pllc. to bring together the many benefits of chiropractic, physical therapy, and nutrition. Synergy Wellness is located at 409 East 14th Street, Suite C, New York, NY 10009. To schedule a consultation visit our contact page.