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What is Sciatica and What Can You Do About It?

People who suffer from sciatica often complain about the persistent, chronic pain they suffer, and very often drugs do not provide the relief they need.  The presence of sciatica is an indication that the spine is not functioning as it should. But what exactly is sciatica and what can you do about it?

What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is chronic pain that affects the lower back and hip. It has its origin in the irritation and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is extremely long, as it extends from the lower back, hips, buttocks, and down the legs.

The sharp pain associated with sciatica usually occurs because of a bulging disc.  The discs act as a protective covering to the bones of the spine. However, when these discs that are supposed to cushion the spine move out of position or slip, they can press on and irritate the nerve.

Sciatica Treatments: Traditional treatments for sciatica include physiotherapy and steroid injections, and extreme cases require the surgical removal of the disc. However, before deciding what to do about sciatica, it is important to meet with your doctor to find out which treatment would be right for you or any other people suffering from sciatica.

Posture Pump® PentaVec® Model 2500 is a very effective treatment for painful back stiffness. With your lower back gradually lifting with air and expanding into proper posture, use your feet to push up and out with the decompression pedal to gently stretch open and hydrate painful joints, compressed discs and irritated nerves. The PentaVec® rapidly gets to the cause of disc compression and allows you to carefully stretch out painful back stiffness at your own pace.

Expanding Ellipsoidal Decompression (EED®) gently molds your lower spine into proper posture while nutrient rich fluid is drawn back into the discs as they expand (imbibition). The PentaVec® lifts and expands the lumbar spine while the sacrum and pelvis are rotated up and translated away.  The feeling is one of lightness and freedom from monotonous compressive coiling in the lower discs and joints. The PentaVec® delivers 5 simultaneous force vectors into the lower spine and cannot be manually duplicated.

Posture Pump® shapes, decompresses, and hydrates compressed discs and joints in the cervical and lumbar spine. This is vital to maintaining good posture and to alleviate the symptoms caused by back conditions and provides relief for the root cause of back pain and stiffness!  Check out more details on our Back Pain Products and Neck Pain Products.

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68 thoughts on “What is Sciatica and What Can You Do About It?”

  • […] neck and back pain very often resolves on its own. However, chronic pain due to conditions such as sciatica, disc degeneration, compressed discs and herniated discs, usually require intervention. In these […]

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    • Nancy Milledge

      I had 2 disc removed in 2006 the L5 and L 1 I had no pain until 2015 I been in pain every since from the lower back buttock and down both led it has began too affect my walk can't stand or sit nor walk long please I need help

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      • Posture Pump

        Hi Nancy,

        We're sorry to hear about your constant pain! It would be impossible to provide a diagnosis over the internet, so we highly recommend consulting with your Healthcare Professional as to whether or not Posture Pump® is right for you. Feel free to show him/her our website: www.posturepump.com. If you have any additional questions, please call 1-800-632-5776.Thanks for reaching out. We wish you quick relief, and the best of health!

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  • […] discomfort, especially since flare-ups can occur at any time. However, in order to understand how to treat sciatica effectively, the precise cause must be […]

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  • […] Many adults in America suffer from pain and disability due to sciatica. Sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy is a condition that is characterized by chronic pain in the back and leg. Patients often don’t know a lot of the facts about the condition, so in this article we explore what you need to know about sciatica. […]

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  • Ruthann Young
    Ruthann Young June 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I have a herniated disc on my upper and lower back, and constantly in pain.

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Ruthann, we recommend consulting with your health care professional to see if Posture Pump® is a viable treatment option for you. Feel free to show him/her our website, and if either of you has any questions, please don't hesitate to call us directly at (800) 632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Mon-Fri.] Thanks!

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  • vernice aikens

    I haven't had a attack since 2006... but now it has been slowly coming back ..now it has took it toll. Lower back right side of buttocks down my leg feel like heat down my leg....hard to stand, sat lay down....

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Vernice! Thank you for reaching out. We encourage you to head over to the faqs portion of our website, and click on the question that reads: “Can Anyone Use Posture Pump®?” There, you will see a list of our contraindications. If none of these apply to you personally, you would be able to use Posture Pump®. Based on your description, we recommend having a look at the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is a MUST-HAVE for sufferers of Sciatica! You can access this product by selecting “back pain products from the dropdown of the “Shop” tab. As always, you are backed by a 60-day money back guarantee when you shop http://www.posturepump.com. We wish you the best of health!

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    • Valerie Gaddis

      My husband have been suffering with sciatic nerve for three years it is so bad it affects his mind from time to time off and on .

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      • Posture Pump

        Hi There! We recommend your husband look into the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is a MUST HAVE for sufferers of sciatica! As always, we encourage your husband to consult with his healthcare professional first to verify that Posture Pump® is a good fit for him. To access more info on the Model 2500, visit www.posturepump.com and click on the "Shop" tab. If you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call at: 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Mon-Fri]. Thanks!

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    • Valerie

      My husband have been suffering with sciatic nerve for three years it is so bad it affects his mind from time to time off and on .

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      • Posture Pump

        Hi There! We recommend your husband look into the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is a MUST HAVE for sufferers of sciatica! As always, we encourage your husband to consult with his healthcare professional first to verify that Posture Pump® is a good fit for him. To access more info on the Model 2500, visit www.posturepump.com and click on the "Shop" tab. If you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call at: 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Mon-Fri]. Thanks!

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  • Kristen lamkin
    Kristen lamkin June 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I have tried physical therapy. To which they have told me There's nothing they can do to help. I've seen numerous of doctors. I have disgenaritive disc narrowing of the spine my s1 disc is herniated. Also habe severe chronic pain from syatica which is causing my foot up to my lower calf to become numb. The pain is unbearable. At times it feels like a torch is being held on my calf. No one canseem to help. They all just want to do pain management. Which is not what I'm looking for. I need solutions to just make things tolerable

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Kristen! We are so sorry to hear about your constant pain. We encourage you to head over to the faqs portion of our website, and click on the question that reads: "Can Anyone Use Posture Pump®?" There, you will see a list of our contraindications. If none of these apply to you personally, you would be able to use Posture Pump®. Based on your description, we recommend having a look at the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is a MUST-HAVE for sufferers of Sciatica! You can access this product by selecting "back pain products from the dropdown of the "Shop" tab. As always, you are backed by a 60-day money back guarantee when you shop www.posturepump.com. We wish you the best of health!

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  • Lucille Baker
    Lucille Baker June 22, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Would like to know if I can be referred to someone do to sciatica with a L4 L5 slipped, bulging disc.

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi There! We recommend checking out the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is a MUST HAVE for sufferers of sciatica! As always, we encourage you to consult with your healthcare professional first to verify that Posture Pump® is a good fit for you. To access more info on the Model 2500, visit www.posturepump.com and click on the "Shop" tab. If you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call at: 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Mon-Fri]. Thanks!

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    • Beth

      Hi... my husband has 3 bulging disc and now is suffering with pain in his buttocks along with numbness down his legs. Would your product help him thanks

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      • Posture Pump

        Hi Beth! It sounds like your husband could benefit from the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is great for lower back/pelvic pain and sciatica. Check this product out at www.posturepump.com under "Back Pain Products," or just give us a call at 1-800-632-5776 to learn more. Thanks for reaching out!

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  • Nilca Billow

    For some reason I came across your website and I have trying to find out how to combact cronic sciatic nerve pain.
    I have so much pain in de daily basis (24/7) diagnosed with chronic fibromyalgia, degeneration of the spine, on top of that I have now osteo arthritis.
    Now my sciatic nerve is the most painful I have noe for over a year! Can't stand it.
    I already had one surgery on my spine and it has gotten any better. I don't really know where I am going but I need some suggestions. I am constantly in pain.

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    • Posture Pump

      Hello Nilca! Thanks for reaching out. If you have already had fusion/implated spinal hardware on your low back/lumbar region, these are considered contraindications, and we would not recommend your use of our back pain products. If not, we would encourage you to look into the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is a MUST HAVE for sufferers of sciatica! To see more about this product, head over to www.posturepump.com and select "Back Pain Products" from the dropdown under "Shop." If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (800) 632-5776 [Office Hrs: 8am-5pm PST, Mon-Fri.] Thanks again!

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  • Ida y. Cammack
    Ida y. Cammack July 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I just start haveing this leg pain SUNDAY NIGHT AND IT HAVEN'T STOP WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STOP IT

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Ida! As it would be impossible to provide an accurate diagnosis of each individual over the internet, we highly recommend that you consult with your Healthcare Professional directly about your leg pain. Feel free to show him/her our website: www.posturepump.com, to see if he/she would recommend one of our products for you. If you have further questions, feel free to call us at (800) 632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Mon-Fri.] Thanks!

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  • Sweet9ten

    How does a pitch nerve numbs your toe? After standing for 70 hours in one week, from my back to the bottom of my feet burns. My legs didn't feel like they didn't belong to my body. The nurse told me i pitched that nerve, weekday can I do?

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi There! As it would be impossible to provide an accurate diagnosis of each individual over the internet, we strongly encourage you to consult directly with your healthcare professional regarding the degree and severity of your condition. Wishing you relief from your pinched nerve and the best of health!

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  • Neil Harris

    Why does my sciatic nerve hurt when I walk it is unbearable. I have had. Several compression fractures on l2 and l3 and a fracture on my pelvis against my spine and 2 fractures. On a vertebrate. Around it it don't bother me when i sit. Or lay down hardly at all any information. On why would be greatly appreciated thank u

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Neil! Because you mention having several compression fractures, we are, unfortunately, unable to recommend one of our back pain products to you as fracture/spinal instability is considered a contraindication, and depending on when exactly you fractured, they could potentially be unstable fractures. We highly recommend that you consult directly with your health care professional as to potential treatment options that are the right fit for you. In the meantime, should you have further questions, please don't hesitate to call us directly for the quickest response: 1-800-632-5776 (Office Hours: 8am-5pm, PST, Mon-Fri.) Thanks!

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  • Susan Ellison
    Susan Ellison July 12, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I have friend that is expecting a baby and she has a pinched nerve in her back. Is there exercises she could do to get relief that would be safe for her baby ? She has actually gone to a chiropractor. But I was just wonder what she might do at home to help.

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Susan! Because your friend is expecting, we would unfortunately not be able recommend our low back pain products, but she would be able to use any of our neck exercisers. She could look into the Model 1400-D, which works both the neck and UPPER back, or "hump" region. If you have additional questions, please call (800) 632-5776 for the fastest response. Thanks!

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  • Rebecca

    I'm in constant pain. I've been in sport all my life, thought I could handle pain, but this is the most miserable thing ever.

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Rebecca! We're so sorry to hear about your constant pain! We recommend checking out the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), which is a MUST HAVE for sufferers of Sciatica! You can find this product on our website by selecting "Back Pain Products" from the dropdown menu under "Shop" on our home page. As always, you are backed by a 60 day money-back guarantee when you shop www.posturepump.com! If you have any questions about how the Model 2500 works, etc., please email [email protected] OR call 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Mon-Fri.] Wishing you quick relief & the best of health! Thanks for reaching out!

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  • Zach

    I have been in pain for over a week, it hurts to walk, bend over and even when I try to sleep it hurts. Also extremely hard to get out of bed, and I can't run. I was in an accident a few years back where I rolled 350 feet down a mountain, and its interfering with my job. I am only 23 and in so much pain, what can I do to get my life back?

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Zach! We're so sorry to hear about your accident! Our first recommendation would be to consult with your healthcare professional to determine whether or not Posture Pump® is the right fit for you. Feel free to show him/her our website: www.posturepump.com, and if either of you has any further questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-632-5776 for the quickest response. Thanks for reaching out, and we wish you quick relief and the best of health!

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  • Crystal

    I have excruciating pain right above what feels like my lumbar spine. I'm not sure what I can do to relieve this pain other then just cry. I have stretched I have walked I have done over the counter meds I have also taken narcotics and nothing seems to be helping. Any advice??

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Crystal! Check out the Posture Pump® Elliptical Back Rocker™ (Model 2000). It fits under the back in four positions: lumbosacral, lumbar, thoracolumbar, and thoracic. You can find this under "Back Pain Products" on our website, and if you have additional questions about this or other products, please call 1-800-632-5776 for the quickest response. Thanks for reaching out!

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  • Rubie

    Can anyone relate if so have you gotten any relief or situation solved burning in hip,back very tired, sometimes burning in the upper and lower back can't sit without support ,have to keep an ice pack on most of the time ,have had 2 nerve blocks, therapy 8 sessions, going to chiropractor, all kinds of medicines, MRI shows herniated disc but nothing has worked so far. Going to the gym.

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  • Dedra Adams

    Would like to know how much the posture pump is?

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Dedra! Thanks for reaching out. Pricing just depends on which particular product you're interested in. All of our neck and back pain products, along with their individual prices, are available to view on www.posturepump.com. Simply click on the "Shop" tab on our home page to access them. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out: 1-800-632-5776. Our office hours are 8am-5pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday-Friday. Thanks again!

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  • Michele Burtrum

    I am in such horrific pain. It stared in my butt and I can barely walk, if I sit down I can barely get up without someone helping pull me up. Please, what can I do. I do have a lower back bulging disk
    And astropreia. Probably spelled wrong sorry.

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Michele! We're so sorry to hear you're in pain! Based on your description, we recommend checking out the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500) which works the lower back and is also a must have for sufferers of sciatica! You can find this product by selecting "Back Pain Products" from the dropdown menu under "Shop." As always, we recommend consulting with your healthcare professional before using. If you have any additional questions for us, please call 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday] We wish you quick relief and the best of health! Thanks for reaching out!

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  • Gary Mccreary

    So what makes your product better than Dr ho

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    • Posture Pump

      Posture Pump® is the original, used in over 3 million cases worldwide and recommended by countless Healthcare Professionals across the globe since 1994. Our line of Neck & Back Disc Hydrators & IRB Approved MRI Studies speak for themselves. Nothing works like Posture Pump®. Nothing!®

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  • William

    Bad back have had two sugeries

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi William! Since you mention already having had two surgeries, we highly recommend consulting with your Healthcare Professional before considering using Posture Pump® products. Feel free to show him/her our website, www.posturepump.com, and if either of you has additional questions, you're welcome to reach out via phone at 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday.] Thanks for checking out our blog. We wish you the best of health!

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  • ESTER SIO

    please help me for my sciatica im suffering this 2 years ago how the best realif my sciatica

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Ester! The Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500) is a great tool for sufferers of sciatica! You can see more about this product on our website by selecting "Back Pain Products" from the drop-down menu under "Shop." If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday.] Thanks for reaching out!

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  • Carolyn Davis

    My first ciatic attack was about ten years ago. I received a shot of morphine at the local emergency room. No more pain. About three months ago I started having pains in my right leg (same one ten years ago). I went to the doctor and was told to do yoga exercise. That didn't help. The pain is constant. I can't sit, laydown or walk without severe pain. I just want the pain to stop. Thank you!

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Carolyn! We are so sorry to hear about your severe pain! The Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500) is a great source of relief for sufferers of sciatica! The Model 2500 lifts and expands the lumbar spine while the sacrum and pelvis are rotated up and translated away. To learn more about this product, visit www.posturepump.com or call us directly at 1-800-632-5776 [Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday.] Thanks for reaching out!

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  • Karen Redfearn

    Going to the website right away...I almost bought a Dr Go belt the other night. But NOW I feel I need to read more your products...I have fms, but also almost 2 years ago, I was simply climbing into my bed, high off the floor, when something popped. I do the doctor/ specialist/pain mgmt thing..after xrays, mris, steroid injections, minimal invasive surgery.
    .and now live on a LOTS of pain meds, both prescription and otc..have even had hallucinations on some really strong ones.

    I started the Curves exercise regimine for the more MATURE women....it makes a world of difference, but even that took well over 10 years before I could even attempt. The pointis that I think that I could also benefit from your vacuum pump...I will ask my pain mgmt doctor as well as my cop who treated me first for over 9 years before I would go to pain mgmt.I have done every thing my doctors have prescribed except a third round of three injections of cortisone/steroid.which the first two did nothing to relieve any pain whatsoever.

    I better quit chatting and get over to your website...I am excited to read more about your products.
    Thank you
    Karen Redfearn

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    • Posture Pump

      Hello Karen! First of all, we'd like to thank you for reaching out! We are so sorry to hear about your constant pain. We recommend consulting with your Healthcare Professional to determine whether or not Posture Pump® is right for you. Feel free to show him/her our website: www.posturepump.com, and if either of you has any additional questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-632-5776 {Office Hours: 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday.} Thanks again for reaching out. We wish you the best of health. Cheers!

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  • sharon bishop

    I have been to pain management they said," pinch nerve" had one injection and feel worse eight weeks later thean I did when I let them inject me, pain runs down both my legs but the left side calf hurts so bad it"s like somebody took a bat and hit me with it. My feet are horrable they hurt so bad. I can hardly wear anyshoes there is only one pair that I can wear and they are so broken down. I cannot wear tennis shoes much less a pair of flip flops, I feel like maybe the injection did me more harm than good, could this be possible?I don't like taking drugs but can't seem to function without taking one just so that I can go out shopping. What do I do?

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Sharon! Thanks for reaching out. We're so sorry to hear about your constant pain! We recommend talking to your doctor about the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500) to see if it would be a good fit for you! The Model 2500 is a MUST HAVE for lower back pain and sciatica! Feel free to check out more about this product by selecting back pain products from the drop-down menu under "Shop" on our website. If you have additional questions, feel free to call us directly at 1-800-632-5776. We're happy to help!

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  • Brenda Slone

    I have had back surgery on Feb 22nd 2018 and still suffer from sciatica what can I do to get relief

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Brenda! We advise you to consult with your Dr. about a sciatica treatment plan that fits your needs. If you have had fusion/implanted spinal hardware, we would be unable to recommend Posture Pump® to you as these are considered contraindications. If you have any questions, you can give us a call at 1-800-632-5776. We're happy to help! Thanks for reaching out.

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  • Marilou Molina
    Marilou Molina May 15, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Yesterday until now I suffering the pain sciatica it hurts to walk.. please help me

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  • Cathie Williams
    Cathie Williams August 28, 2018 at 7:20 am

    I've been diagnosed with sciatica. The pain is unbearable. Please Help!!!

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  • patrick

    I have had sciatica problem for 15 years and i have tried shots in back and nothing seems to work also have herniated dis and bulged dis. orther than back operation what can i do

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    • Posture Pump

      Hi Patrick! Check out the Posture Pump® Penta Vec® (Model 2500), great for relief of sciatic pain! You can see this product on our website. Call 1-800-632-5776 for more info!

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  • Susan

    Can u use the same thing on your neck and lower back?

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    • Posture Pump

      Hello Susan. Thanks for reaching out. The answer to your question is, no. Two separate products are required to work the neck and lower back. Give us a call at 1-800-632-5776 if you have any additional questions. We're happy to help! Thanks again!

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  • Beatrice Boyd

    Please email me info about the sciatica pump. I've suffered with this for years

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