Sciatica refers to a medical term for leg pain, weakness or tingling caused by compression or irritation of nerves that originate in the lower back.
Sciatica is not actually a diagnosis but is rather a description of the symptoms. A qualified healthcare professional familiar with what causes sciatica needs to be consulted prior to initiating treatment.
The trained healthcare professionals at Complete Pain Care can distinguish the various causes of sciatica. A combination of examination, history, and sometimes medical imaging can help isolate the origin of the problem to determine the most appropriate treatment option.
Treatment For Sciatica Pain Should Always Be On An Individualized Basis.
Sciatica can be caused by many conditions compressing the nerve meaning that the treatment options for one patient may vary widely from those of another. The most effective course of treatment is usually a combination of treatment options and most patients usually undergo some combination of the following treatment options:
- Epidural steroid injections that help reduce the inflammation around the nerve and low back pain
- Alternating ice massage therapy and heat therapy to help in relieving acute sciatica pain
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as oral steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for inflammation relief
- Physical therapy to help in relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve
- Pain medication to help keep the pain in the back and leg in check while undergoing various nonsurgical treatment options
- Surgery can be considered as a treatment option but only after trying other nonsurgical treatment options.
The Importance Of Staying Active
Some sciatica patients mistakenly believe that avoiding any physical activity and staying in bed is the best remedy for sciatica. When sciatica first flares up, bed rest is good for a couple of days. However, if you avoid activity for too long you risk descending in a downward spiral whereby periods of pain lead to physical inactivity leading to even more pain, and so on.
In the absence of adequate and proper exercise, the muscles in the lower back become deconditioned and weak, leaving them less capable of supporting the spine and back. Stretching to keep the hamstrings flexible is of great importance for sciatica patients since tight hamstrings only add strain to the lower back aggravating the problems in the lower back.
Sciatica Leg pain Is Usually As A Result Of Problems In The Lower Back
Sciatica patients usually feel pain in their legs leading them to believe that there is a problem with their legs. However, since the sciatic nerve extends from the lower back, legs, and feet, a problem that causes compression of nerves in the lower back can lead to pain in the lower back and feelings of pain through the feet, legs, and sometimes even toes.
Structural imbalances such as postural stress, pelvic misalignments, and scoliosis all lead to sciatica. The symptoms often come gradually over a period as opposed to due to a single event.
Sciatica is a condition that causes great pain to those that suffer from it. This is why it is important to seek treatment for sciatica pain. The professionals at Complete Pain Care will help you treat sciatica effectively. Find out more at https://www.completepaincare.com/patient-education/conditions-treated/sciatica/