Back pain and sciatica pose some of the most significant treatment challenges for medical professionals today.
Medical experts indicate that 80 percent of U.S. residents will suffer from potentially debilitating back pain at some point in their lives. Medical strategies for addressing this problem have been traditionally limited to managing pain with medication, including opioids, muscle relaxants and even antidepressants. The other alternative has been spinal surgery, a high-risk approach that few patients embrace.
Laser therapy offers another viable option. Rather than simply keeping the pain under control, it can help heal many of the underlying causes of sciatica and back pain.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of back pain that involves the sciatic nerve. This nerve is the largest in the human body, originating in the lower spine and branching downward through each leg. This condition typically may affect one or both sides of the body.
The most common cause of sciatica involves the spinal discs. These gel-filled sacs separate and cushion each vertebra in the spine. If one of the discs becomes damaged, it may protrude (a bulging disc) and irritate the sciatic nerve.
In the case of a herniated disc, some of the gel-like substance escapes and presses on the nerve, causing inflammation.
Other Causes of Back Pain
The human back is a complex combination of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves and soft tissue, any of which can be injured in some way.
Muscle and ligament strains are common injuries associated with heavy lifting, especially if the muscles are not well developed. Osteoarthritis can cause discomfort and lead to spinal stenosis, a painful condition that places pressure on the spinal column. Scoliosis, osteoporosis and degenerative disc problems are just a few of the other potential sources of back pain.
Orthopedic issues cause millions of cases of back-related pain every year. This may include sleeping in the wrong position, sitting all day in a bad chair or working on your feet. Age, weight and lifestyle can also all contribute to problems related to the spine.
Laser Therapy for Sciatica and Back Pain
Traditional treatment for these conditions focuses on management, primarily with pain killers and muscle relaxers. Some alternative therapies, including chiropractic manipulation, have become widely accepted. However, most patients eventually face a choice between risky spine surgery or living with the pain.
Laser therapy offers another option. Proven to benefit patients with both chronic and acute pack pain and sciatica, laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation, increases circulation and encourages the body’s natural healing abilities. Therapeutic laser treatments also reduce swelling and help relieve muscle spasms.
Utah Laser Therapy is one of only a few medical practices in the United States to offer this revolutionary type of alternative pain management. Dr. Muir is an MD, trained and certified in laser therapy. Because Dr. Muir has seen firsthand how powerful this technology is for accelerated healing, this is all we do.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to showing you how effective laser therapy can be for back pain and sciatica.