Sciatic Nerve Pain
Sciatic nerve pain travelling down the back of the leg can be caused by several different types of injuries which can frustrate many doctors in isolating the real cause of the symptoms. Sciatica can be traced to a spinal misalignment in the lower back, a degenerated disc, a disc protrusion, a disc herniation, spinal stenosis, a spasm in a deep muscle of the buttock called the piriformis muscle, or be an injury to the muscle of the leg (which would not actually be sciatica but can mimic the condition. There are other pathologies that can create sciatica which are quite rare. Most of the sources of sciatica are effectively diagnosed by Dr. Heilman by taking a thorough history and a physical evaluation of range of motion, feeling the muscles of the back and leg, some neurological maneuvers, and X-Ray evaluation that all lead to identifying the source of the condition. When the source of the pain is identified a appropriate course of therapy can be recommended. If needed we have arrangements with local imaging facilities for MRI imaging at a discounted rate and convenient scheduling. If you have already had an MRI performed we welcome you to bring in your imaging for a FREE MRI Review today. During this MRI review I will fully explain the results, provide non-surgical treatment options, or discuss conventional surgical technique options, or provide you with a second opinion.
One of our most successful treatment approaches to Sciatic Nerve pain that is due to a bulged or herniated disc is via using our KDT Neural Flex Spinal Decompression Traction System. Spinal Decompression is a therapy which gently applies traction to the injured disc to suck the jelly like disc material back within the walls of the annular fibers and pull that material off of the pressured nerve. Combined with some of our other effective therapies, our treatments generally get quicker results, and are found to be more comfortable.
Another treatment that has been used by Chiropractors, Osteopathic physicians and physical Therapists to relieve back pain and spinal stiffness is Intersegmental Traction which is also called a “Roller Table” – check out Dr. Heilman showing off one of his Roller Table units: