What is Sciatica?


What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to the radiating pain that travels from your lower back along your legs and down to your feet. It occurs when something causes pressure on the sciatic nerve in your back, such as a herniated disc or inflammation.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

There’s no mistaking the telltale pain associated with sciatica. It’s a distinct pain, ranging from aching and dull to sharp or burning, that radiates down your back along the length of your leg. You might also experience numbness or weakness in the leg sciatica affects.

Who gets sciatica?

Anyone with back problems that put pressure on the sciatic nerve runs the risk of developing sciatica. Risk factors that increase your chance of damaging the nerve include:


Herniated discs and other spinal issues are more common as you grow older.


Excess weight can increase pressure on your spine and put you at greater risk for damage that leads to sciatica.

Certain occupations

Jobs that either requires a lot of lifting, moving and twisting your back, sitting for prolonged periods, or high impact, increase your risk of damaging the discs in your spine or otherwise pinching the sciatic nerve.


Nerve damage associated with advanced diabetes puts you at greater risk for damage to the sciatic nerve.

How is sciatica treated?

Dr. Hindocha provides a few different treatment options for your sciatica depending on the severity of your symptoms:

Spinal decompression

Using the VAX-D spinal decompression system, Dr. Hindocha applies pressure to your back, stretching your spine to help readjust herniated discs or other spinal issues that might be causing your sciatica. Regular treatments of spinal decompression are necessary for best results. 

VAX-D Spinal Decompression technology was created to help low back pain sufferers with herniated discs, degenerated discs, facet syndrome and sciatica. These patients now have a better chance of fully resuming a completely normal personal and social life without the risks, complications, and ineffectiveness associated with surgery. There are approximately 600,000 spinal surgeries per year and some research indicates very low percentages of all back surgery are successful years later and many patients may need another surgery. VAX-D Spinal Decompression therapy has been used over the past 20 years on people from all walks of life including some of the most recognizable professional sports athletes. Over 65,000 people per year are being treated worldwide in over 400 clinics. 

VAX-D is a non-invasive treatment for the management of patients with chronic back and leg pain from lumbar disc and facet joint pathology (disease).  It is an effective and safe procedure without any of the risks associated with drugs, surgery, injections, or anesthesia. With VAX-D, time off work or in recovery is minimal, and resolution of symptoms is long lasting. It is the only medical device that delivers treatment with the patented logarithmic decompressed curve. VAX-D is also the only decompression table researched and scientifically proven to work.

Conditions that Spinal Decompression treats:

  • Chronic neck and lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis

Learn more about Spinal Decompression here


If your sciatica pain is getting in the way of your day-to-day life, let Dr. Hindocha offer his spine and physical therapy expertise. Call Peninsula Spine and Sports Rehabilitation to schedule your consultation or book online.

Peninsula Spine and Sports Rehabilitation
1740 Marco Polo Way, Suite 4
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650-347-2225
Fax: (650) 242-8802
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