The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels down the back of the leg to the bottom of the foot. It originates from the spine at the level of the low back and has many branches. Irritation of the sciatic nerve at any point along its path is commonly referred to as “sciatica”. The symptoms of sciatica often include sharp pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the back of the legs. In severe circumstances, weakness in the legs can also be seen.
Sciatic nerve irritation can take many forms. One of the more serious causes of sciatica is direct compression or impingement from a disc bulge or herniated disc. Treatment to eliminate sciatica symptoms should include methods that painlessly remove this compression without drugs or surgery – such a 2015-TRITON DTS- Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression.*
The Discs of the Spine:: An Overview
The bones of the spine are separated by tough cartilage pads called intervertebral discs (inter = “between”; vertebral = “bones of the spine”). Healthy discs are thick and flexible (like a wet sponge) allowing a wide range of bending and twisting motions. An unhealthy disc is stiff and hard (like a dry sponge) and prone to injuries such as bulging or herniation. Over time gravity, spinal joint dysfunction and accumulated trauma cause the discs to compress, flatten and degenerate. This constant compression prevents much-needed oxygen and nutrients from entering the disc. This ongoing starvation causes the once-tough outer layers of the disc to soften allowing the disc to become injured or diseased. Disc damage can occur anywhere in the spine. However, the discs of the neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) are the most commonly injured.
Disc Bulge (A)
Herniated Disc (B)
Disk Rupture (C)
Disease of the spinal discs can take many forms. Significant disc damage can lead to a Disc Bulge, become a tear called a Disc Herniation or the inner gelatinous material of the disc can leak out in the case of a Ruptured Disc. The “jelly center” of the disc can also dry out over time which is referred to as Degenerative Disc Disease. All forms of disc injury can eventually impinge on the nerves exiting the spine (“Pinched Nerve”) which can create numbness, tingling, burning or sharp pain down the arms or legs. Sharp pain originating from the back and “shooting” down the legs is often referred to as Sciatica.
The most effective treatment available to reverse sciatica caused by a disc bulge or herniated disc is Non-Surgical Spinal Disc Decompression using the2015- TRITONDTS.*
Sciatica:: Non-Surgical Spinal Disc Decompression with the 2015-TRITON DTS
Non-Surgical Spinal Disc Decompression provides relief to sciatica sufferers by gently reducing the pressure within spinal discs.* The bones of the spine are slowly and methodically separated using 2015-TRITON DTS Spinal Decompression equipment. As the vertebrae are separated pressure is slowly reduced within the disc (intradiscal pressure) until a vacuum is formed. This vacuum “sucks” the gelatinous center of the disc back into the disc thereby reducing the disc bulge or herniated disc. Significant reduction removes pressure off the sciatic nerve roots and drastically reduces pain and disability.* This “sucking” vacuum also pulls much-needed oxygen and nutrients into injured and degenerated discs allowing the healing to begin.* The treatment motion is computer controlled to provide gentle and painless decompression of the injured spinal discs. Advanced2015-TRITON DTS decompression techniques separate slowly and cycle between brief moments of pulling and relaxing (oscillation). This reduces protective muscle spasm that contributed to the poor success rate of other “traction” techniques.* The latest 2015 TRITON DTS decompression technologies also incorporate angulated elongation methods to target specific discs of the spine (for example: L5/S1 at the base of the spine). This allows the treatment to rely less on brute force (separating multiple levels with high force) and more on finesse (using less decompressive force to focus on a single spinal segment) to rehabilitate individual spinal discs.*
*Results may vary by patient and treatment.
What is MedX?
MedX is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that incorporates the sports medicine approach to the treatment of chronic neck and back pain. The MedX machines are specially designed to provide the most effective means of isolating, safely testing, and directly strengthening the muscles in the low back and neck. The MedX program also incorporates general strength and fitness building activities that are supervised by a licensed physical therapist to ensure the patient’s safety and progress. The primary goals of this program are to improve range of motion, improve muscle strength, decrease pain, and return the patient to normal function.*
MedX is a tool that isolates movement and provides a safe and effective environment in which to apply basic principles of progression and overload to combat and reverse the deconditioning effects of chronic low back pain. Providing a secure isolated environment reduces patients anxiety and apprehension during the movement and musculature re-activation phase of a rehabilitation program.* This type of environment helps the patient develop and re-establish confidence in using their low back musculature.* The human body adapts to disuse.* If an area of the body is painful the neuromuscular system will learn new patterns of contraction to produce movement, thus alienating the injured muscle. This injured muscle then further atrophies and weakens, predisposing an individual to greater risk and severity or re-injury. Effective rehabilitation must prevent alienation, or re-educate the neuromuscular system properly.*
MedX Therapy stabilizes and strengthens the entire spinal column by training specific movements on specialized exercise machines.* The exercise machines in the MedX-Center utilize the latest in exercise technology to reduce unnecessary friction and strain on joints and muscles.*
MedX exercise machines are precisely adjusted to each individual patient during the first therapy session. The training begins after determining the strength of the back muscles, followed by one-on-one consultation for the length of training. The back muscles are gradually strengthened, resulting in long-term success of the therapy.*
Rehabilitation following spinal column procedures.
Prevention of spinal column problems caused by existing spinal anomalies.
In combination with conservation treatment of spinal column instability, vertebral joint or disk fixation.
In combination with conservative treatment of osteoporosis.
Appropriate for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.