Treatment for Sciatica

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by anna

Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve may be compressed or irritated at any of its points. As a result of this, a person experiences pain the in the lower back, buttock, and at various parts of the leg and foot.

Some of the symptoms of sciatica are:

*Pain in the lower back and legs. This pain may differ in severity, depending upon the condition.
*Numbness in the legs.
*Muscular weakness and an inability to control the movement of the leg.
*Tingling sensation or the ‘pins and needles’ feeling on the affected side of the body.

Although the term sciatica is used to label an ailment, it is actually a set of symptoms and not a diagnosis for what is really affecting the root of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica therefore can be caused by a host of reasons that give rise to the symptoms.

Sciatica is usually caused by the following reasons:

*Compression of lumbar nerves, sacral nerves, or the sciatic nerve itself. Such compression can occur due to slip disc, misalignment of vertebrae, enlarging, or toughening of the vertebrae.
*Spinal disc herniation where such herniation presses down on the roots of the sciatic nerve. Spinal tumors that impinge on the spinal cord or its nerve roots.
*Trauma to the spine such as a car accident or a bad fall.
*Spinal stenosis. This condition occurs when the spinal canal narrows and starts compressing the spinal cord that runs through it.

 

Sciatica, though painful, can be cured completely. With the right treatment, Sciatica can actually be prevented from recurring again.

Proper treatment usually involves the following options:

*Flexibility Exercise Programs: Here, trained physical therapists carefully help patients with exercises that keep back muscles strong and flexible. Therapists also use measures to increase circulation to the affected area to release muscle spasms.
*Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS): This treatment electronically stimulates nerves and helps treat painful areas.
*Ice and Heat Application: This treatment aims to provide relief from persistent pain.
*Bracing: This treatment involves use of braces for providing back support to patients until they are completely healed.
*Medication and injections.
*Manual Therapy: Works on the source of the problem by feeling the joints and muscles in the body. By putting pressure on the muscle tissue and manipulating the joints, back pain can be decreased.
*Acupuncture Treatment: This is a natural and effective pain management treatment.
*Chiropractic: A misalignment can cause sciatic pain is in your back, your legs or both and chiropractic can safely correct any misalignments.

Visit Global Pain & Spine Clinic now for a thorough diagnosis and treatment and have a life free of pain. Call today at 847-282-0171 for a consultation.

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