The Best Alternatives to Steroid Shots for Leg Numbness and Sciatica Treatment
July 14, 2014 — 3:42

Author: Dr. Griffith  Category: Non-Surgical Solutions to Back and Neck Pain  Tags: , ,   Comments: 0
The Best Alternatives to Steroid Shots for Leg Numbness and Sciatica Treatment

knee painOn July 2nd a report in the New York Times revealed that more often than not, epidural steroid injections are ineffective for the treatment of spinal stenosis, one of the spinal conditions which typically cause leg pain and numbness in sufferers. The report included details from a study released in the New England Journal of Medicine, which showed that six weeks after receiving injections containing a combination of steroids and anesthetic, patients showed no greater improvement than those who received anesthetic-only injections. Given that injections cost anything between $500 and $2,000 per shot and that they bring with them the risk of side effects ranging from sleeplessness and headaches, to blindness, strokes and paralysis (as advised by the FDA), the success rate is low enough to make anyone think twice about steroid injections to relieve leg numbness. Possible Causes of Leg Numbness Spinal stenosis is only one condition which can cause you to feel numbness in your leg. Numbness, along with leg pain for example is a typical symptom of sciatica, which in turn can be caused by degenerative, bulging or herniated discs in the spine. Other possible causes of chronic leg numbness include:

  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Diabetes
  • Sprained or strained muscles close to nerves
  • Fibromyalgia

Much more rarely, numbness can be caused by benign or malignant tumors or multiple sclerosis. The most common causes of leg numbness by far though are degenerative spinal disorders. Numbness occurs because of pressure on the sciatic nerve from damaged discs or inflamed tissue. The pressure irritates the sciatic nerve, which travels down the back of each of your thighs. That’s why the numbness affects your leg although the root of the problem is usually in your spinal lumbar region. Similarly, spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back, can put pressure on the nerves in your spine and cause a loss of feeling in your leg or foot. Whatever the cause of leg numbness, it can seriously impact leg function and your ability to perform normal day to day activities. Apart from anything else, prolonged numbness is a disturbing and worrying sensation and if you are a sufferer, you will naturally seek treatment at the earliest opportunity. Ways in Which Leg Numbness Can be Treated Treatments for numbness in either or both legs obviously depend upon the diagnosis. When caused by a spinal condition, the standard medical approach is to begin by prescribing non-steroidal or steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. If this proves to be ineffective, epidural steroid injections may be prescribed in an attempt to reduce inflammation and ease the symptoms of pain and/or numbness. These treatments may also be accompanied by physical therapy to try and relieve pressure on the discs by strengthening spine and abdominal muscles. Ultimately, surgery may be recommended if medicines and therapy fail to provide any meaningful relief from symptoms. However, even respected medical authorities such as the Harvard Medical School recognize that medication and surgery are generally no more effective in the long term than more conservative treatments for spinal conditions which cause leg numbness. Alternatives to Medication and Surgery Fortunately the range of conservative treatments for leg numbness is quite wide, giving you a number of options to try. All of these alternatives are at least as effective, if not more so than anti-inflammatory drugs, painful and expensive epidural injections or surgery. These treatments also come with the benefit of being safe and free from side effects. The following treatments have all proven to be effective in relieving leg numbness:

  • Acupuncture
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Massage therapy

Results of each treatment type vary from patient to patient but most people who are suffering from leg numbness find one or more of the different forms of therapy to be successful in relieving symptoms and sometimes accelerating healing to eliminate the cause. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and Laser Treatment If you or someone you know is suffering from leg numbness and finding no relief, even after trying numerous forms of therapy, there are two very effective treatments which should be tried as an alternative to injections or surgery. Non-surgical spinal decompression uses special FDA-cleared equipment to generate negative pressure within the discs of your spine. This revolutionary therapy technique has a number of beneficial effects on your spine, namely:

  • The reduction of pressure on your nerves from bulging or herniated discs
  • The promotion of natural disc repositioning
  • The delivery of nutrients and oxygen to damaged discs, helping your body to heal itself

Over the course of several sessions, your leg numbness will be alleviated and you will benefit from an improvement in the spinal condition that’s causing the problem. Spinal decompression has a success rate of 88.9% when used to treat spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disorders and other spinal conditions which cause sciatica and leg numbness or pain. Class 4 deep laser therapy uses deep-penetrating photonic energy to trigger therapeutic changes in your tissue cells. These changes allow the cells to absorb more oxygen and nutrients, as well as to expel toxins. The laser photons enhance your body’s ability to self-heal, reducing the inflammation which causes pain and numbness from nerve irritation. At Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center, we have patented a system of treatment which combines deep tissue laser therapy with non-surgical spinal decompression in a way which provides an incredible 95% success rate. Spine and disc Restoration SystemTM Before you or your loved one resort to risky and painful injections or expensive, complicated spinal surgery, be assured that these are not your only options, even if no other treatment has managed to relieve you of leg numbness. If you would like to begin the SDR SystemTM consultation process with our highly professional and skilled physicians, you can contact us on 866-303-9355. Alternatively we can first send some detailed information about the Spine and Disc Restoration SystemTM straight to your email inbox if you send us your email address using our simple online form.

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