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Pregnancy sciatica

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist,
Pregnancy sciatica

We all are aware of pregnancy and gestation period but about sciatica we are not. In our body the nerve, which runs from the lumber or lower spine to the end of each thigh through areas of the buttock, is called the sciatic nerve.

When the sciatic nerve becomes pinched or gets pressure from the surrounding area there is pain that travels through the back, hips, or thigh. This condition is called sciatica.

Sciatic nerve is pressured by a bulging or herniated spine or overgrowth of the spine, sometimes called bone spurs. 

This bulging of bone is due to many factors-

  • Age: aging causes our bone to deform its  authentic structures into herniated spine.
  • Obesity: Overweight puts a lot of pressure on the spine. Prolonged exposure causes the deshaping of bone to produce a herniated spine.
  • Occupation and Prolonged sitting: Job like laboring and lifting heavy weight or sitting for a long time in a chair at the office or while driving a car causes stress on the bone which may cause sciatica.
  • Diabetes: Blood sugar causes irregularity in mechanisms of may process in the body and this also interferes in normal electric transfer in the nerve.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy there is enlargement of pelvic bone area due to weight and space occupied by the baby which causes the deshaping of spine that causes pain called sciatica.

Sciatic pain symptoms during pregnancy are:

  • There is occasional or constant pain around the hip harp, shooting, or burning pain travels in the leg while sleeping or sitting.
  • Leg gets numb, pins and needles, or weak difficulty walking, standing, or sitting.

The five ways to get relief from Pregnancy Sciatica :

Seated piriformis stretch

Deep in the buttocks there is a muscle called  piriformis muscle which  When gets tight it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic pain decreases by this stretch which relieves tightness in the muscle.

Equipment needed: none

Target muscle: piriformis

  • Keep your feet flat to the ground and sit straight on a chair.Sit on 
  • put your left leg on your right leg knee, if your left side of pelvic area is affected.
  • Put your right leg on your left leg knee, if your right side of pelvic area is affected.
  • While Keeping a straight back, move your upper body forward until you feel a stretch on the buttocks muscles.
  • Do it for 10 times with a period of 30 sec.

Table stretch

The muscles supporting the spine, buttocks muscles, and the back of the legs get stretched in this exercise.

Equipment needed: table

Target muscles: low back, spinal stabilizers, hamstrings

  • Stand facing a table at a stand-at-ease position .
  • Lean forward to hold the table edge with your hand and try to keep your arms straight and back flat. 
  • Now move your butt away from the table and  slowly stretch your lower back and back of the thigh.
  •  Then move your hip side to side to get more stretch of muscle.
  • Do this in morning and evening for a 10 times period of 30 sec.

Pigeon pose

This is a yoga pose, it helps to relieve sciatica pain during pregnancy. And it can be easily  performed with a few careful steps.

Equipment required: rolled-up towel or yoga block

Main muscles: butt rotators and flexors

  • Go down and keep your hands and knees flat on the floor.
  • Now slide your right knee forward in  between your hands.
  • And Slide your left leg back straight to the floor.
  • Take  a rolled towel or a yoga block  to keep under your right hip. This will support your belly.
  • Slowly lean forward towards the right leg to stretch.
  • Hold for a period of 30 sec. And repeat it for the left leg in the same above way.

Hip flexor exercise

The muscles along the front of the hip that help us to locomate are called  hip flexors. During pregnancy these muscles get tightened and cause sciatica pain.

Equipment required: none

Aimed muscles: hip flexors

  • Kneel on the floor on knees and keep the hand affront on the floor position like a dog.
  • Make a Step one foot forward  so that your hip and knee gets aligned at 90-degree angle.
  • Now move your hip region forward to stretch your back hip and leg.
  • Hold for a period of 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Glute and hamstring foam rolling

Massager or  foam roller or electric roller are used to soothe the tightened  muscles. All muscles and connective tissue gets relaxed and avoid pressuring the socratic nerve,  thus relieving pain.

Equipment required: foam roller

Aimed  muscles: hamstrings, calf muscles, glutes, piriformis

  • Keep a foam roller on the yoga mat on the ground.
  • Now place your buttocks on the foam roller and put your hand behind you back of your butt for supporting yourself.
  • Place the left ankle on the right knee or right ankle on the left knee.
  • Roll yourself on roller back and forth till you find a tender spot of your pain.
  • Repeat this movement over the pain area for 30 to 60 seconds.
  • There are pain areas on the left side and right side. Move your roller on that side as well as crossing the ankle over the knee.
  • Repeat for 5 times twice a day.

Conclusion

During pregnancy there are many aches to the body, especially sciatic pain. We should do these exercises regularly to avoid pain naturally because drugs may affect babies during pregnancy. Please visit the doctor for more information and get checked up regularly.

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साइटिका का दर्द क्या होता है ?

साइटिका एक लगातार बढता और तेज (शूटिंग), जलन दर्द है जो कूल्हे से पैर तक फैल सकता है। यह दर्द साइटिका तंत्रिका के संपीड़न के कारण होता है। यहा एक बड़ी नर्व होती है जो शरीर के निचले आधे हिस्से को संक्रमित करती है।

साइटिक का दर्द

साइटिका दर्द आमतौर पर लंबर स्पाइन समस्याओं के कारण होता है, जैसे कि उभरा हुआ या फिर हर्नियेटेड डिस्क। यह हड्डी में बदलाव के कारण भी हो सकता है, जैसे कि रीढ़ की हड्डी का सिकुड़ना या स्टेनोसिस, ऑस्टियोआर्थराइटिस या अपक्षयी डिस्क रोग, या स्पोंडिलोलिस्थेसिस नामक रीढ़ को प्रभावित करने वाली एक अन्य स्थिति। ये स्थितियां कटिस्नायुशूल तंत्रिका पर दबाव डाल सकती हैं, जिससे लक्षण हो सकते हैं।

गर्भावस्था के दौरान हर्नियेटेड डिस्क के कारण साइटिका आम नहीं है। लेकिन, गर्भावस्था में कमर दर्द के साथ साइटिक होना आम बात है। दरअसल, 50 से 80 फीसदी महिलाओं को गर्भावस्था के दौरान कमर दर्द की शिकायत रहती है। साइटिका नर्व गर्भाशय के नीचे चलती है। यह बच्चे के वजन से या आपके बढ़ते हुए उभार के कारण मुद्रा में बदलाव से संकुचित या चिड़चिड़ी हो सकती है।

साइटिका का दर्द मांसपेशियों में तनाव और अस्थिर जोड़ों के कारण भी हो सकता है। श्रोणि की हड्डी में दर्द, सार्कोइलिऐक (एसआई) जोड़ों की समस्याएं, और पिरिफोर्मिस सिंड्रोम नामक एक स्थिति, जो नितंबों में मांसपेशियों में से एक के साथ एक समस्या है, गर्भावस्था के दौरान साइटिका दर्द के सामान्य कारण हैं। गर्भावस्था के दौरान यह रिलैक्सिन जैसे हार्मोन में वृद्धि हो जाती है। इसके कारण भी साइटिका दर्द हो सकता है। वास्तव में रैलैक्सिन की वृद्धि के कारण लिगामेंट्स को ढीला बना देते हैं और इसमें खिचाव पड़ता है। ये तो हम सभी  जानते हैं कि लिगामेंट्स ही हड्डियों को जोड़ों से जोड़ती हैं। ऐसे में लिगामेंट्स में खिचाव, विशेष रूप से पेल्विक एरिया में, साइटिका दर्द का कारण हो सकता है। यह तब और भी बढ़ने की आशंका होती है जब भ्रूण में पल रहे बच्चे का वजन पेल्विक और कूल्हे के जोड़ों पर अतिरिक्त दबाव डालता है। यह  एसआई जोड़ों की परेशानी या पिरिफोर्मिस सिंड्रोम की स्थितियों को और खराब कर सकता है। कभी-कभी आपके शिशु की स्थिति आपकी साइटिक तंत्रिका पर दबाव डाल सकती है।

गर्भावस्था के दौरान साइटिक दर्द के लक्षण

  • आपके नितंबों या टांगों के एक तरफ कभी-कभार या लगातार दर्द होना
  • साइटिका नर्व  के पूरे रास्ते में दर्द, नितंबों से आपकी जांघ के पीछे और पैर तक
  • तेज, लगातार और बढ़ता हुआ शूटिंग दर्द या जलन
  • पैरों का सुन्न होना या फिर इसमें सुई जैसी चुभन होना, या प्रभावित पैर या पैर में कमजोरी
  • चलने, खड़े होने या बैठने में कठिनाई

साइटिका से बचने के 5 प्राकृतिक उपाय

साइटिका का दर्द इतना खतरनाक होता है कि को ई भी गर्भवती दर्द निवारक दवा लेने के लिए बाध्य हो सकती है। हालांकि, नॉनस्टेरॉइडल एंटी-इंफ्लेमेटरी ड्रग्स (एसएसएड्स) का उपयोग या तो बिलकुल नहीं किया जाना चाहिया या फिर इसे अंतिम उपाय के तौर पर रखा जाना चाहिए। इसके बजाय गर्भवती महिला को प्राकृतिक तरीकों से इस दर्द से निजात पाने की कोशिश करनी चाहिए।

मैग्नीशियम की खुराक

मैग्नीशियम एक खनिज है जो आपके शरीर में 300 से अधिक विभिन्न प्रतिक्रियाओं में भूमिका निभाता है। यह सही तंत्रिका कार्य में एक प्रमुख घटक है। वैसे तो मैग्नीशियम कई खाद्य पदार्थों में पाया जाता है, लेकिन हममें से कई लोगों में इसकी कमी होती है। मैग्नीशियम की शरीर में उपलब्धता और साइटिका तंत्रिका का सीधा संबंध है। मैग्नीशियम साइटिका तंत्रिका के पुनर्जनन में सुधार कर सकता है। मैग्नीशियम को पूरक के रूप में लेने या तेल या लोशन में अपने पैरों में मालिश करने से साइटिका से होने वाली परेशानी कम हो सकती है।

प्रसव पूर्व योग

योग किसी भी व्यक्ति के मन, ध्यान और शरीर के लिए लाभकारी है इसके बारे में किसी को कुछ बताने की जरुरत नहीं है। लेकिन ये ज्यादातर लोग नहीं जानते हैं कि  प्रसवपूर्व योग अभ्यास साइटिक तंत्रिका दर्द से छुटकारा दिला सकता है ।  योग आपके शरीर को फिर से संगठित कर सकता है और तंत्रिका संपीड़न को दूर कर सकता है। हालांकि, इस बात पर जोर दिया जाना चाहिए कि गर्भावस्था के दौरान योग आपके लिगामेंट्स के ढीले होने के कारण खतरनाक हो सकता है। इसलिए,कोई भी योग अभ्यास करने से पहले योग विशेषज्ञ या फिर किसी पेशेवर की देखरेख में ही योग करें। यदि संभव हो तो प्रसवपूर्व योग कक्षा में शामिल होने का प्रयास करें, जहाँ आपको अतिरिक्त सहायता और ध्यान मिल सके।

एक्यूपंक्चर

एक्यूपंक्चर पारंपरिक चीनी चिकित्सा में निहित एक दर्द निवारक उपचार है। इसमें आपके शरीर में छोटी सुइयां चुभाई जाती हैं । पूर्वी चिकित्सा का मानना ​​​​है कि विशिष्ट बिंदुओं को लक्षित करके जो एक्यूपंचर किया जाता है  वो "क्यूई," या जीवन-शक्ति, पुनर्निर्देशित होती है और खोली जाती है। यह ऊर्जा के प्रवाह को पुनर्संतुलित करता है।

एक अध्ययन से पता चलता है कि इबुप्रोफेन जैसे एनएसएआईडी के साथ उपचार की तुलना में एक्यूपंक्चर उपचार साइटिका के दर्द से राहत पाने में अधिक प्रभावी हो सकता है। पश्चिमी चिकित्सा अध्ययनों से पता चला है कि शरीर पर विशेष बिंदुओं को उत्तेजित करके, विभिन्न हार्मोन और न्यूरोट्रांसमीटर जारी किए जाते हैं। ये दर्द को कम करने और तंत्रिका और मांसपेशियों को आराम देने में मदद कर सकते हैं।

फिजियो थेरैपी

फिजिकल थेरेपी ऑस्टियोपैथी से लेकर एक्सरसाइज थेरेपी और बीच-बीच में बहुत सारी चीजें हो सकती हैं। यह सूजन को कम करके, रक्त प्रवाह में सुधार करके और जोड़ों और मांसपेशियों को पुन: व्यवस्थित करके साइटिका दर्द को कम कर सकता है। डाक्टर या फिजियोथैरेपिस्ट न केवल आपको घर पर करने के लिए व्यायाम की सिफारिश कर सकता है, बल्कि यह सुनिश्चित करने के लिए आपके साथ व्यक्तिगत रूप से भी काम करेगा कि आप मूवमेंट्स को सही और सुरक्षित रूप से करें। रिलैक्सिन नामक हार्मोन के कारण, गर्भावस्था के दौरान आपके स्नायुबंधन ढीले हो जाते हैं। यह आपके पेल्विक गर्डल को आपके बच्चे को जन्म देने के लिए अधिक आसानी से फैलने देता है। इस वजह से, किसी भी नए व्यायाम या स्ट्रेच को आजमाने से पहले किसी पेशेवर से सलाह लेना आवश्यक है।

प्रसव पूर्व मालिश

जीवन में मालिश का आनंद और महत्व बहुत ज्यादा है।  गर्भावस्था के दौरान, वह आनंद एक नए स्तर पर पहुंच जाता है। और अगर आपको साइटिका है, तो मालिश न केवल आराम देती है, बल्कि चिकित्सीय प्रभाव भी उत्पन्न की जाती भी है। विशेषज्ञ नियमित रूप से गहरी ऊतक मालिश की सलाह देते हैं। वह "कूल्हे और पीठ के निचले हिस्से पर काम करने के साथ-साथ फोम रोलर या टेनिस बॉल का उपयोग करके पिरिफोर्मिस मांसपेशी और ग्लूट मांसपेशियों में गहराई से काम करने की सलाह देती है।

Sciatica - Panchakarma Therapy To Heal It!

Dr.Muneeb Ahmed 87% (792ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Hyderabad
Sciatica - Panchakarma Therapy To Heal It!

The pain in the lower extremity of the body caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve (the large nerve running down from the lower back of the body to each one of the legs) is referred to as Sciatica. Sciatica is caused by injury, inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve and causes pain or numbness spreading to leg, buttocks, and hips. In Ayurveda, Sciatica is known by the name of Gradhrasi. It is believed to be aggravated by the imbalance of Vata Dosha.


Causes -

Sciatica can be caused by strenuous physical activity such as heavy weight lifting, or to exposure to extreme cold. Pressure on buttocks due to sitting or lying continuously for long hours, injury due to a fractured pelvis or trauma to thighs also damages the sciatic nerve.


Symptoms -

Pain in the back and the lower extremity of the body is the primary symptom of Sciatica. Also, there is a burning or tingling sensation in the affected area. It can also become numb. One may even find it difficult to walk. In severe cases, it becomes impossible to bend the knee or move the foot.


Treatment Through Ayurveda -

Through Ayurveda, Sciatica can be treated internally and externally by balancing the energies involved in the doshas:

  • Internal methods of treatment: Yogaraja Guggulu is the herbal pill consisting of Guggulu resin, twenty-five types of herbs and ghee effectively treats all types of pain associated with the nervous system. Dashamula Arishta, an elixir having sixty-three herbs, jaggery, plums, honey, and water has anti-inflammatory properties which help in toning up the affected nerve.

  • External methods of treatment: Application of Sarshapadi medicinal oil (made up of camphor, mustard oil, and vegetable turpentine as a base) on the affected area helps in relieving pain.

Panchakarma therapies are very effective in the treatment of this condition. They aim to relieve inflammation and release nerve compressions and spasms for strengthening the entire spine and the surrounding tissue. Generally, treatment through the Panchkarma therapies takes four to five weeks depending upon the severity of the condition. Following are some of the processes involved in treatment through Panchakarma:

  • Kativasti and Elakizi, Naranga Kizhi, Navarakizhi are very important in the treatment of sciatica.

  • Sarwang Abhyang is the full body massage with medicated warm oils for lubricating and nurturing the body for the pacification of Vayu.

  • Swedana refers to steaming the body for detoxification.

  • Vasti refers to the administration of medicated oils and decoction through anal route for treating the vatic disorder that is Sciatica as per Ayurveda. It pacifies dryness and strengthens intestines and is one of the permanent cures for most of the vatic disorders.

  • Siravedha is the venous puncture or venesection.

  • Agnikarma is the Cauterisation or burning the affected part.

  • Raktamokshan is the process for Blood purification.

Take Away-

Sciatica refers to the pain in the lower body due to an irritated sciatic nerve, caused due to nerve compression or trauma or injury. Through Ayurveda, Sciatica can be treated through internal or external methods as well as through Panchakarma therapies.

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Sciatica - How Effective Is Ayurveda In It?

Dr.Tanmaya Acharya 89% (73ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, BAMS, Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
Ayurvedic Doctor, Bangalore
Sciatica - How Effective Is Ayurveda In It?

Gridhrasi is what Sciatica is known as in Ayurveda. It is the disorder that causes mild to agonizing pain in the sciatic nerve or neuralgia. These nerves, emerging from the pelvis, run along the hamstring and may cause intense pain in one or both the legs when a person suffers from Sciatica. Sciatic pains fill your life with misery as the simplest of daily activities cause sudden and excruciating pain. There are two types of sciatica i.e. true sciatica and pseudo-sciatica. Sciatica may be caused due to a bulging disc or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy or trauma etc. 

According to Ayurveda, Sciatica is caused due to impairment in Vata i.e. the dosha responsible for the functional ability and movement of the body, and also in some cases due to impairment in the Kapha i.e. the dosha that is responsible for body fluids and lubrication. Ayurvedic herbs that improve the symptoms of Sciatica are:

  1. Guggulu is also known as Indian Bdellium. Since guggulu is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it relaxes the sciatic nerves.
  2. Rasna is also known as Vanda Orchid. Intense or agonizing pain due to the sciatic nerve issues can be reduced by this ayurvedic herb due to its anti-inflammatory properties. 
  3. Jaiphal is also known as Nutmeg. After being mixed with sesame seeds oil, nutmeg is coarsely powdered and then fried till it turns brown. This is then applied to those areas where the sciatic pain is intense for instant relief.
  4. Shallaki is also known as Boswellia or Frankincense. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, shallaki is applied externally to get relief from sciatic nerve pain

Ayurvedic preparations such as yogaraja guggulu, Vataganjakusha, Saindhavadi taila are also very useful in treating Sciatica.

Apart from these, the ayurvedic therapies like churna sweda, kati basti, basti chikitsa are very impactful in cases of sciatica.

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Sciatica - Do You Need Surgery?

Dr.Anurag Saxena 89% (17ratings)
M.Ch - Neuro Surgery, FRCS (Ed) Neurosugery
Neurosurgeon, Gurgaon
Sciatica - Do You Need Surgery?

Sciatica pain can be mild to intense. Many with lumbar herniated disc and sciatica often wonder whether or not they require a surgery. Needless to say, it is never an easy decision. But the good news is that micro discectomy surgery has a higher rate of success when it comes to relieving sciatica pain. When compared to many other options, this one is relatively minimally invasive. It doesn’t alter the structure of the spine permanently since it works by removing a small portion of the disc, which has herniated or extruded out of the disc.

When your sciatica pain stems from lumbar disc herniation, a small open surgery with the help of magnification is the prevalently opted surgical approach. On the other hand, a laminectomy is done when the bone or disc pinching the nerve root is required to be removed.

When should you consider undergoing surgery for sciatica?
Typically, neurosurgeons recommend considering surgery for sciatica in a host of situations which include the following:

  1. Severe pain in the leg lingering for more than six weeks, which mainly affects one side of the leg or buttock
  2. Intense pain in the low back and buttock, which continues through the course of the sciatic nerve andextends to the lower leg and even foot. This pain can be described as sharp and searing rather than a dull thud.
  3. When pain has not alleviated even after non-surgical treatments that may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),oral steroids, injections, manual manipulations, and physical therapy
  4. When the patient is not able to take part in the day to day activities due to intense lower back pain and the symptoms tend to become severe during movements like sneeze and cough.
  5. When the symptoms are continuing to worsen, thereby indicating nerve damage, particularly when the progressive signs have their root in neurological issues
  6. It is important to note here that surgical intervention may only be needed when the patient experiences progressive weakness in the lower portion of the body or sudden loss of bladder or bowel movement, which may stem from cauda equina syndrome. Two surgeries, namely lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy are performed on the basis of the cause as well as the duration of the sciatica pain.
  7. In some cases, the symptoms are unique on the basis of the underlying causes of sciatica. For instance, trying to bend the body backward or walking a longer distance than normal may trigger unbearable symptoms. On the other hand, when the affected individual tries to bend the body forward, it can lead to symptoms stemming from the lumbar herniated disc.
  8. In case sciatica occurs after an accident, injury or trauma, or if it happens in tandem with other symptoms, then it requires an immediate medical attention.

Thus, choosing to go for a surgery depends on several factors that only your doctor can assess and decide upon.

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Sciatica - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Dr.Raghu Sharma 88% (10ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine, Certificate Course in Panchkarna
Ayurvedic Doctor, Amritsar
Sciatica - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Gridhrasi is what Sciatica is known as in Ayurveda. It is the disorder that causes mild to agonizing pain in the sciatic nerve or neuralgia. These nerves, emerging from the pelvis, run along the hamstring and may cause intense pain in one or both the legs when a person suffers from Sciatica. Sciatic pains fill your life with misery as the simplest of daily activities cause sudden and excruciating pain. There are two types of sciatica i.e. true sciatica and pseudo-sciatica. Sciatica may be caused due to bulging disc or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, pregnancy or trauma, etc. 
According to Ayurveda, Sciatica is caused due to impairment in Vata i.e. the dosha responsible for the functional ability and movement of the body, and also in some cases due to impairment in the Kapha i.e. the dosha that is responsible for body fluids and lubrication. Ayurvedic herbs that improve the symptoms of Sciatica are:

1. Babunah is also known as Bitter Chamomile. Not only is it used to relieve and reduce the pain faced by a sciatica patient, but it is also used for treating problems such as rheumatism due to the advancement of age. Compressed bitter chamomile flowers are prescribed for sciatica.

2. Guggulu is also known as Indian Bdellium. Since guggulu is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it relaxes the sciatic nerves.

3. Rasna is also known as Vanda Orchid. Intense or agonizing pain due to the sciatic nerve issues can be reduced by this ayurvedic herb due to its anti-inflammatory properties. 

4. Juniper oil is extremely helpful when massaged onto the thigh muscles with firm strokes or pressure. It is used extensively in massage therapy for treating sciatica since the extent of reduction in sciatic nerve pain is tremendous. 

5. Jaiphal is also known as Nutmeg. After being mixed with sesame seeds oil, nutmeg is coarsely powdered and then fried till it turns brown. This is then applied to those areas where the sciatic pain is intense for instant relief.

6. Kumari is also known as Indian Aloe. Properties of Indian Aloe are extremely helpful in treating lower back ailments such as sciatica and lumbago.

7. Shallaki is also known as Boswellia or Frankincense. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, shallaki is applied externally to get relief from sciatic nerve pain. 
Ayurvedic preparations such as Yogaraja Guggulu, Vataganjakusha, Saindhavadi taila are also very useful in treating Sciatica. 
 

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Sciatica - Symptoms, Treatment & Risk!

MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Doctor, Delhi
Sciatica - Symptoms, Treatment & Risk!

Do you experience regular pain starting from your lower back that travels down the buttock and to your legs? If you do, you may be suffering from a condition called sciatica. Even though the pain from sciatica can affect both your legs, in most cases, it only affects one side. Sciatica affects you when the sciatic nerve is compressed. This can be due to a tumour or some other disease that affects you.

Sciatica: Risk Factors

Here is a look at some of the risk factors that increase your chances of suffering from sciatica.

  1. Age- With age, the bones in your spinal column start to become weak. This causes bone spurs and herniated disks, resulting in sciatica.

  2. Obesity- Being over weight can increase the pressure on your spinal column, leading to the pressure on the sciatic nerve.

  3. Job- Some jobs are physically stressful. If your job requires you to lift heavy loads or involves driving for prolonged periods, it can cause sciatica.

  4. Diabetes- Diabetes affects the way in which your body deals with glucose in the bloodstream. This can cause nerve damage over time and lead to sciatica.

Symptoms of sciatica-

The primary symptom of sciatica is a pain that originates in your lower back and travels down through your buttocks and into your thigh and calf muscles. This pain can vary from one affected person to the next. Some people feel mild pain, while others experience extreme discomfort. Furthermore, sneezing and coughing can intensify the pain.

If you remain seated for a long time, you can start to feel the pain from sciatica. Other symptoms for the disease include

Treating sciatica-

In most cases, sciatica does not require treatment. It may disappear on its own after some days. In these cases, there is no permanent nerve damage as well. However, some people may have recurring episodes of sciatica, which may result in permanent nerve damage. In these cases, you should seek immediate treatment for the condition.

Treatment for sciatica relies on four main methods. Here is a look at these four options.

  • Medications- Medicines help deal with the pain from sciatica. Doctors prescribe anti-inflammatories, narcotics, muscle relaxants, anti-seizure drugs, tricyclic antidepressants for the treatment of sciatica.

  • Physical therapy- After the medicine reduces pain from Sciatica, you will need to undergo physical therapy. These sessions will focus on preventing future episodes of the disorder by strengthening your muscles and improving your overall posture.

  • Steroid injections- Steroid injections into the affected nerve will help relieve some of the pain. However, it is a temporary solution and the pain returns after a couple of months. Furthermore, side effects from such injections are high.

  • Surgery- This is the last resort when all other treatment option fails to show the desired results. Doctors perform the surgery to relieve the stress on the sciatic nerve and remove bone spurs.

If you experience pain radiating down from your lower back, avoid taking over-the-counter pain medications. Instead, visit a doctor to check whether it is sciatica.

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Sciatica Pain - Best Ways To Treat It!

MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology
Pain Management Specialist, Mumbai
Sciatica Pain - Best Ways To Treat It!

Sciatica pain arises from the sciatic nerve which is the single largest nerve in our body. It consists of individual nerve roots, which branching out from the lower back of the spine to the back of each leg and combining together forms the sciatic nerve. The origination of the sciatic pain lies in the lower back of the body and radiates down the buttock to the sciatic nerve.

Causes of the sciatica pain

  1. ArthritisIf an individual is diagnosed with arthritis, then he or she can expect a throbbing pain or numbness down till the leg.
  2. Herniated discAnother cause could be a herniated disc in the lower back of the body.
  3. SpondylosisSpondylosis in the lower back would also be a reason for the development of the sciatica pain.
  4. PIVD/DISC bulge

Other causes are a spinal injury, diseased degenerative disc, infection on and around the lower back. The pain would worsen, if an individual is in an occupation where he or she has to stand or sit for hours at length. The lifting of heavy things would strain the sciatic nerves as well.

How to identify sciatica pain?
Sciatica pain varies from infrequent to a constant throbbing down the lower back. So initially it is difficult to detect whether it is sciatic pain or not. But when the constant pain in the lower back leads right down till the toes and foot, it is really time for an individual to get in touch with a doctor. The pain can give a burning sensation almost searing making it difficult for the person to stand up or walk properly. Along with the pain, one can feel fatigued. An involvement of the spinal cord is rare in the sciatic pain but is possible.

Treatment for sciatica pain
Sciatica can be treated in both surgical and non-surgical way. Surgical treatment is rare as sciatica tends to respond well with non-surgical treatments. If the pain continues for over a month despite treatment, surgical treatment will be considered. The non-surgical pain treatment would include physical exercises and oral medications along with natural treatment.

  1. Medications: Painkiller medications prescribed by the doctor can be used to reduce sciatica. Medicines like aspirin, non-steroidal or oral steroids can help reduce the pain.
  2. Steroid injection: Epidural steroid injection acts faster as it is injected in the affected area, thus providing relief from the pain quickly.
  3. Exercise: Early morning exercises can be quite helpful.
  4. Percutaneous Endoscopic DiscectomyThe surgical treatment of Percutaneous endoscopic disc dissectomy constitutes a large part of interventional pain physicians and it has evolved considerably in terms of surgical technique and instrumentation. Percutaneous endoscopic discectomy is a relatively new technique for removing lumbar disc herniation. It involves using an endoscope to visualize the disc removal. The discectomy is performed through a posterolateral approach using specially developed instruments. The advantage of percutaneous endoscopic discectomy is that the disc is approached posterolaterally through the triangle of Kambin without the need for bone or facet resection thus preserving spinal stability. The procedure is day care and is done under local anaesthesia.
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Sciatica - How Does Homeopathy Solve Your Woes?

Dr.M.Rehman 85% (90ratings)
BHMS, Post Graduate Diploma in CPH
Homeopathy Doctor, Mumbai
Sciatica - How Does Homeopathy Solve Your Woes?

The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts from the lower part of the spine, through your hip to the back of the leg. So when it is said sciatica, we refer to pain in this nerve. Since the nerve covers the spine, hip and leg, sciatic pain is felt in the areas through which it passes. The lower leg muscles and sensation in the legs, thighs and feet are controlled by this nerve.

Symptoms usually include:

  1. Pain that radiates from the lower back to the hip and to the leg
  2. Sharp, tingling, dull, constant or burning pain
  3. Loss of bladder or bowel control
  4. Sneezing or coughing increases pain
  5. Moving the leg gets difficult so usual activities like walking, sitting and standing become painful

Homeopathic remedies are easy and gentle on the body. Homeopathy aims to boost the body's immune system so it can fight all its weaknesses. The following conditions can easily be treated by homeopathic medicines:

  1. Homeopathic medicines are taken for chronic pain in the heel or for chronic backache or when straightening the knee gets difficult as hamstrings contract. They are also taken for limping.
  2. In periosteum injuries, stiffness and deep aches in the spine, homeopathic medicines are used. They are also used for tailbone injuries. They are very helpful for nerve pains during pregnancy.
  3. If the vertebra degenerates after trauma to the spine, then homeopathic medicines can be useful.
  4. The worst back injuries with serious trauma and muscles spasms are treated with homeopathic medicines.
  5. Homeopathic medicines are suggested for tailbone injuries, temporary paralysis, spinal concussions and for sharp pain that tingles and moves upwards.
  6. If after lifting weights, overexerting muscles and exposure to anything wet, you feel tearing and burning pain, then homeopathic medicines are very beneficial. Cramps that get better after heat application, but get worse after exposed to the cold are also treated with homeopathic medicines.
  7. Stiffness and pain from back injuries, twisting the wrong way and bruises are prescribed with homeopathic medicines.

Homeopathy opts the holistic approach to treat all the patients. In this approach, the homeopath prescribes different medicines to the patients suffering from the same disease as the requirements of everyone's body remains different from others.

Sciatica Pain - What Are The Symptoms Of It?

Dr.Ramandeep S. Dang 87% (29ratings)
MCh - Neuro Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Neurosurgeon, Delhi
Sciatica Pain - What Are The Symptoms Of It?

Sciatica is a neurological condition that mainly arises due to problems in the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is believed to be the largest nerve originating from the spinal nerves L4 to S3. It extends downward from the lower spine into the back of each leg (thighs) right down to the foot. The sciatic nerve acts as a connecting link between the spinal cord and the foot and the leg muscles. People with sciatica often experience a tingling sensation along with a shooting pain radiates downwards from the lower back (mostly the lumbar region) to the back of one of the legs. Some may also experience the sciatic pain down both the legs (rare).

Types of Sciatic Pain:

Sciatica that affects a person can be of two types depending on the severity of the associated symptoms

  • Acute sciatic pain: In this case, a person experiences a sudden radiating pain which often heals by itself within a week or two. More than often, the pain is triggered by an injury to the spinal joints, nerves, or the disc.
  • Chronic sciatic pain: This is a more serious condition where the pain may linger for long, often more than three months. The chronic sciatic pain may affect a person with severe Arthritis and nerve injury and damage.

Symptoms associated with Sciatica:

  • One of the characteristic symptoms of Sciatica is a shooting pain that radiates from the lower back (often the lumbar) to the back of one (or both) of the legs.
  • In some, the sciatic pain may result in weakness and a tingling sensation down the affected leg.
  • A person with sciatica may find it difficult to move his/her foot and legs (restricts their movement).
  • Some people may experience a shooting pain even while they are in a sitting position. In some others, the pain may be at its worst when a person is in a standing position.
  • Sciatica can also trigger a hip pain.

What triggers sciatica and the associated symptoms?

  • The disc is a protective shield that prevents any damage or injury to the vertebrae. A degenerative disc problem can interfere with the normal functioning of the disc triggering sciatica.
  • Spondylolisthesis: In Spondylolisthesis, also known as a Slip Disc, a bone (mostly in the lumbar region) slips over the bone which is located just below it. People with prolonged and untreated spondylolisthesis are often known to suffer from sciatica.
  • The sciatic pain can also affect a woman during her pregnancy.
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis: This condition is is characterized by the spinal canal narrowing down in the lumbar region. Lumbar spinal stenosis exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve, giving rise to sciatica.
  • A muscular strain or spasm in the buttocks can also be a contributing factor.

Proper management and prevention for sciatica are possible. One should be alert and consult a doctor in case they experience the associated symptoms or any discomfort.

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