Sciatica: What to Know BEFORE Surgery

Sciatica can be treated without surgery when causes are understood and it is diagnosed early.  Sciatica is a low back condition causing groin, leg, knee, foot neuropathy usually starting on one side.  Conditions causing sciatica include spinal joint limited motion and disc herniation/bulge leading to the neuropathy.  Neuropathy types include pain, numbness, tingling, pain, weakness.

The first step in treating Sciatica naturally is diagnosing the condition by an x-ray analysis.  Here is what to look for on an lumbar lateral x-ray view:


In our normal x-ray above, we look for 3 points of interest: curve, spinal joint space, vertebrae displacement.  These allow the spine to have normal motion to circulate spinal fluid into the disc.  This keeps the disc healthy to avoid pressure on the nerve that would cause neuropathies.

Here are the variations that can occur to cause neuropathies.


Disc Space Narrowing.  This is when the spinal joints have locked long enough to cause the discs to degenerate, narrowing the space.  This will narrow the nerve canal where the spinal nerves run through, causing neuropathy.  The CHIROPRACTIC APPROACH can regenerate the disc, widening the space.  Drugs and surgery CANNOT.



Displacement of the Spinal Joints.  Also called a Spondy, will narrow the nerve canal.  Chiropractic can return the normal alignment of the bones by returning normal motion.


Spinal Curve Straightening.  This usually occurs by bad sitting over time.  This is the most common condition causing sciatica.  By increasing joint motion the bones can realign to return normal motion and heal the disc.  This will remove the neuropathies.


  1. Chiropractic adjustments to return spinal motion and heal the spinal disc.  This will resolve the neuropathies, and correct the x-rays to a better normal.


  1. Posture exercises to improve flexibility and strength to keep the body healthy once the x-rays have improved.


By correcting the x-rays and adding the exercises, sciatica can be corrected and a person can stay healthy.

Each person is at a unique state of health.

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