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Disc Herniation Sciatica and a Bolingbrook Chiropractor

Posted: June 8, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

My name is Dr. Jeffrey Garofalo and I am the president of New Life Chiropractic and Bolingbrook Chiropractic and Spine Injury Center located in Bolingbrook, IL. I constantly work to learn and improve my knowledge and skill to improve the results for my patients. Many patients come to my office with disc hernitations in their lower back with accompanying sciatica. In today's blog I would like to describe first what a disc herniation is and then describe what sciatica is and  give you the best possible natural solution to solve both conditions.

A disc herniation is when the cushion inbetween the bones in the lower back collapses under pressure either long term or a trauma like a car accident or fall. The middle of the disc is like a jelly bean and the outside of the disc is made up of concentric cartilage circles of water. A hernaition occurs when the middle jelly bean tears through the outer layers and the material leaks into the area where the nerves or spinal cord are. A herniation can occur over time as the disc becomes weak and then a tear occurs or if a linear tear is present an acute injury is the cause. Either way when that material leaks out it is toxic and cuases chemical irritation and physical pressure upon the sciatic nerve which can cause pain down the leg or into the buttocks or into the groin area. Diagnosing a disc herniation is done through special clinical testing called orthopedic tests like Kemps, Straight leg raise and Braggards tests all indicating a disc herniation and then confirmed with an MRI. For more information about disc herniations click the link below.



The Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and made up of several nerves that come out of your lower back and bind together and run down the front and back of your legs. When a disc herniates it can chemically irritate or physically put pressure on the sciatic nerve creating sciatica or inflammation of the sciatic nerve which can cause pain and or numbness and tingling down the leg and into the foot and front groin area. For more information about the sciatic nerve please clickthe link below.



A reasearch approach to Disc Herniations and Sciatica and Bolingbrook Chiropractic

One of the best ways to resolve disc herniations non surgically is with a chiropractic adjsutment as opposed to surgery called a micro discectomy.

It was reported by McMorland, Suter, Casha, du Plessis, and Hurlbert in 2010 that over 250,000 patients a year undergo elective lumbar discectomy (spinal surgery) for the treatment of low back disc issues in the United States. The researchers did a comparative randomized clinical study comparing spinal microdiscectomy (surgery) performed by neurosurgeons to non-operative manipulative treatments (chiropractic adjustments) performed by chiropractors. The above study indicates that a conservative non-operative approach of chiropractic care prevented 60% from needless surgery. 

it was concluded that chiropractic is a viable, first line treatment option.

These studies along with many others conclude that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for patients with surgical lumbar discs and sciatic pain.

To review the studies for yourself please go to these foot notes:


Studin, M. (2010). Herniated discs, radiating pain and chiropractic. US Chiropractic Directory. Retrieved from http://www.uschirodirectory.com/index.php/patient-information/item/235-herniated-discs-radiating-pain-and-chiropractic

 McMorland, G., Suter, E., Casha, S., du Plessis, S. J., & Hurlbert, R. J. (2010). Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 33 (8), 576-584

I, Dr. Jeffrey Garofalo, a chiropractor in Bolingbrook specialize in non surgical solutons for disc herniations and sciatica.

For further help or questions please go to https://newlifechiropracticforyou.com or call 630-226-9922

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