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Non Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy has a Huge Success Rate in Providing Long Term Pain Relief for Sciatica Pain!

Spinal Decompression therapy has been shown to relieve nerve impingement in the lumbar spine through expanding, rehydrating and nutrient loading of the discs between the spinal bones.  This disc expansion and rehydration opens the spaces in which the sciatic nerve exits the spinal column and reduces the pinching of the nerves.  Non surgical spinal decompression therapy has been proven to provide a short, medium, and long term therapeutic benefit of pain relief from sciatica pain.

Sciatic leg pain is pain typically caused by a lumbar spine disc condition in the low back that puts pressure on a spinal nerve root which supplies messages to your legs and feet. Granted, some of us deal with pain better than others, but sciatica that travels down the leg, into the foot, and maybe even into the toes, wears on even the toughest person. All you want is relief. That is the point when thoughts often turn to surgery to relieve the leg pain sciatica, sometimes when they need not turn to surgery so quickly.

Let's consider two published studies in which non-surgical care not requiring invasive procedures fared better for the relief of sciatic leg pain.

First, researchers did a review of published medical reports about lumbar spine disc herniation with leg pain (sciatica) outcomes.

Short-term pain relief results are similar for surgical and non-surgical care of patients with disc herniation and sciatica.  Long-term results are not statistically different for surgical and non-surgical care for relief of leg pain.
These researchers suggest that aggressive rehabilitation may actually be better when cost, complications and disease associated with surgery are considered. (1)

Second, for 10 years, another group of researchers followed 400 patients with sciatica (leg pain) due to a disc herniation. Some leg pain patients had surgery; some were treated non-surgically (Spinal Decompression, Chiropractic Manipulation, physical therapy, back exercises, bed-rest, narcotic drugs). The surgically treated leg-pain-with-disc-herniation patients had worse symptoms and function than those who were non-surgically treated.

At 10 years, surgical and non-surgical patients are equal for back surgery occurence:
25% of the surgically treated disc herniation and leg pain patients had at least one more lumbar spine surgery 25% of the non-surgically treated sciatic leg pain with disc herniation patients had at least one lumbar spine surgery At 10 years, 69% of the surgically treated and 61% of the non-surgically treated sciatica patients reported improvement. Improvement was reported as better, much better, or completely pain-free.
Work and disability outcomes were similar in the two groups. (2)

The Sciatic Nerve
in the lumbar spine
and pelvis

Note that the
sciatic nerve passes
underneath the
piriformis muscle.
The Sciatic Nerve in the leg provides nerve control to numerous muscles controlling the leg, thigh and foot.

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