Typically, those diagnosed with sciatica are prescribed treatments such as: chiropractic, massage therapy, or acupuncture. Heat and ice can also help with less mild cases of sciatica. However, these treatments are often needed on a weekly or monthly basis in order to maintain the effects. Comparatively, for very severe or chronic cases, pain killers are often the only option left. Epidural injections are the last resort, which can be successful in numbing pain for a short period of time (about a week or so), but aren’t a long term solution.
Compared to other sciatica treatments, Cold Laser Therapy works to eliminate pain for the long term. In addition, there are no negative side effects related to the therapy, and it is completely safe and non-invasive.
Transfers light energy to the affected cells of muscle, regenerating and strengthening damaged muscle tissue to prevent future injury.
Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.
Removes Internal Scar Tissue:
Inhibits and removes Internal Scar Tissue that naturally forms from injury or repetitive strain, causing discomfort and a delay in healing.
Helps damaged nerves to recover by growing the neural network and repairing vital insulation around the nerve.
Stimulates Blood Flow:
Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.
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What is Sciatica?
- Pain anywhere along the nerve path, usually on one side
- Tight and tender muscles in the low back and/or buttocks
- Numbness, tingling and/or weakness anywhere from the buttocks to the toes
- Mild ache to sharp, shooting pain
- Aggravated by coughing or sneezing
- Pain may increase with sitting or standing for a long time
Irritation of the sciatic nerve causes a condition commonly referred to as sciatica. Sciatica can be caused by a protruding disc or bone spur in the lumbar spine, both of which narrow the spinal canal where the nerve travels through, causing it to get irritated and inflamed. It can come on quite suddenly or progress slowly over time, becoming a chronic condition.
The sciatic nerve travels from the lumbar spine, through the hips to the buttocks, down the back of the leg and into the toes. When it is inflamed, pain, numbness or tingling can be felt anywhere along it’s path. For example, some people may experience pain in the low back and buttocks, whereas others may have discomfort along the back of the thigh and calf.
This condition can also be caused by tightness in the muscles surrounding the nerve along it’s path. The piriformis muscle in the buttocks is a common culprit – as it gets tight, it places excessive pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in similar symptoms.