#1 Herniated Discs or Bulging Discs in the Low Back
Herniated discs are by far the most common cause of sciatica we see in our office. The most common symptoms associated with a herniated disc causing sciatica is often acute moderate to severe low back or hip pain with burning or pain down the back of one or both legs. Our patients describe that the only comfortable position is a combination of strange postures, leaning over and off to one side is often the only way to alleviate this shooting pain.
The vast majority of disc herniations or bulging discs are treatable with specific and individualized combinations of chiropractic, non-surgical decompression therapy, neuro-orthopedic rehabilitation, low level laser therapy, biomechanics rehabilitation and anti inflammatory therapies.
Side Note- Often in the acute phase, individuals end up in the Urgent Care and are prescribed muscle relaxers or pain pills that are effective approximately 50% of the time (with our patients at least). We’ve found our outcomes to be similar timeline and pain reduction as prescribed medications in the acute phase. The repair phase is where ACNC shines, ultimately addressing the underlying cause without surgery.
#2 Arthritis (aka Degenerative Disc Disease)
Arthritis of the spine is the 2nd most common cause of sciatica. This seems to occur in people starting in their 30’s. Long history of sports, repetitive stress, physical labor, previous car accidents and other injuries contribute to the majority of degenerative changes earlier in life. Symptoms are often compounded with poor spinal stability (neurological control over the spine muscles). This is often from a lack of exercise, poor neurological function, and poor diet causing inflammation.
The vast majority of degenerative discs causing sciatica and low back pain are treatable with individualized care, and our decompression program has done great for these individuals. It’s a combination of chiropractic, non-surgical decompression therapy, neuro-orthopedic rehabilitation, low level laser therapy, biomechanics rehabilitation and anti inflammatory therapies.
#3 Muscle Spasm
Muscle spasms account for the most common reason someone visits the chiropractor with sciatic like symptoms. Muscle spasms of the spine and hips, specifically the piriformis, are easily treated without any invasive treatments, and usually resolve quickly within a handful of visits.