The advent of medication has radically improved healthcare. New drugs have offered treatment options where none had existed before. However, as we are all aware, most medications have multiple side effects in addition to their intended purpose. Some effects are less understood while others are well documented, creating an opportunity for off-label use. Off-label use is the practice by which a medication is prescribed for a non-FDA recommended condition. One classic example is Viagra, which was developed as a heart medication, before its secondary effects were discovered and marketed. Unfortunately, off-label use of prescription medication can come with some drawbacks, including less clinical certainty. This can create problems for patients through unintended side effects or  non-effective treatment plans. This quickly became the case for a commonly prescribed sciatica medication.

Sciatica is most commonly described as excruciating pain that starts in the low back and travels down the leg. It may be associated with a burning sensation or weakness of the leg. This pain is caused by inflammation and/or damage of the sciatic nerve, earning the infamous name of sciatica.

Lyrica is a drug approved for, and commonly given, to treat chronic neuropathy and nerve inflammation. However, it is often prescribed off-label in ERs to help reduce the inflammation associated with sciatica. Studies have proved that this off-label use is less effective than a placebo (aka sugar pill) for treating acute symptoms of sciatica.

One of the most common causes of sciatica is compression in the lumbar vertebra. At Burkhart and Chapp Chiropractic, we seek to provide an alternative that targets the actual cause of the problem, rather than just the symptoms. Our non-surgical decompression protocol is a drug free approach that gives relief for many patients. With thorough examination, our doctors create a care plan that targets the pressure in the low back and allows for healing of the sciatic nerve. Our procedures have a 90% success rate according to research conducted at Davenport University.

Call 616.698.0046 today to be evaluated for a treatment plan more effective than placebo.