By Dr. James McErlain, D.C. –
Sciatica has been the topic of jokes on TV, in movies, and comedy skits. If you experienced the pain associated with Sciatica you understand it’s no laughing matter. Sciatica is a symptom of a greater problem. The pain can be excruciating and makes standing or sitting nearly impossible.
Jupiter Healthcare has had the privilege to help thousands of local patients find relief from back and neck pain. Below are some of the kind words that patients had to say about Dr. McErlain and his team.
“I have never met a doctor and staff in my time that truly cares about his patients as much as Jupiter Healthcare! After my football career I had to have both of my knees replaced. Then came my low back issues-two bulging discs- and about a dozen Epidural shots. Finally after coming to your office and receiving spinal decompression and physical therapy, I can walk with about 85% less pain. It took 20 sessions with very little expense and now I have a much better quality of life. A miracle man is treating patients at 125 Indiantown Road in Jupiter, and I feel great! You and your staff are a true credit to society.” ~ Ted M.
“Dr. McErlain is awesome! I have a herniated disc that I aggravated on Sunday. I could not walk without assistance. I was in a lot of pain. I saw Dr. McErlain on Monday and I was able to walk again and my pain had diminished! It is now Thursday and I am feeling 85% better and I know I will only continue to get better as I continue with his treatments. I cannot thank him or his staff enough. Everyone there is so professional and kind.” ~ Tracy W.
The pain might be worse when you sit, sneeze, or cough. Sciatica can occur suddenly or it can develop gradually. You might also feel weakness, numbness, or a burning or tingling (“pins and needles”) sensation down your leg, possibly even in your toes. Less common symptoms might include the inability to bend your knee or move your foot and toes.
The diagnosis of sciatica means that there is irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve, like most other nerves, performs two basic functions: first, it sends signals to your muscles from the brain; and second, it collects sensory information from the legs and passes this back to your brain. Conditions such as sciatica that affect the nerve will alter these normal functions.
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated spinal disc. When this happens, the normal cushion between the vertebra of your spine ruptures. This causes the disc to push out into areas normally occupied by these nerves. The nerves are compressed and people then experience the symptoms of pain, weakness, and numbness. Other conditions, such as spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or piriformis syndrome can also cause sciatica symptoms by irritating the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica can affect just about anyone, but it is extremely uncommon in children and adolescents patients. Sciatica typically affects 30 to 50 year old patients. Often there is a sudden onset that may be attributed to over-exertion or a back injury.
The good news is effective treatment can relieve the root of the problem thereby eliminating the pain associated with Sciatica. Spinal decompression relieves the pressure the spine is placing on the nerve and eliminates the symptom of pain. The DX9000 takes the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression from art to science. This device uses a patented FDA-cleared therapy that is facilitated by a computer and monitoring device. With the DX9000 the doctor is able to safely and gently place precise tension on the lower back, creating negative pressure inside the spinal disc. This negative pressure creates a vacuum effect actually drawing the bulging disc or “slipped” material back to the center of the disc. This negative pressure also draws fluids into the disc, hydrating and healing the disc itself. Treatment is fast and generally painless. Most patients find the procedure relaxing.
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If you are suffering with Sciatic pain let us show you how the DX9000 can heal damage in the spine and eliminate your pain. To learn more contact Dr. McErlain at 561-741-7575 for a Free Consultation.