Sciatica is a medical condition which causes pain that moves down the leg from the region of lower back. This pain can move down the back, on the outside, on the front side of the leg. Normally, the problem occur only on single side of the body. Some special causes may elicit pain on both sides in some cases. The most common cause of Sciatica observed around is herniation of the disc. Other causes include iatrogenic injuries, traffic accidents, Piriform Syndrome or some pelvic tumor putting pressure.
Sciatic nerve is largest of all nerves in the body and has important role in movements and sensations of legs. It is the sciatic nerve that gets involved in Sciatica, leading to severe pain.
Living with Sciatica is not an easy thing. Sciatica is quite a painful condition which can impair our day to day activities. Sciatica can have a relapsing and remitting course where you can have some time free of pain and other times lots of pain. In some cases, pain becomes continuous and one have to live with it all the time. It impairs lifestyle, daily activities and jobs. Other than that, this disease can have some terrifying consequences such as paralysis of leg.
Fortunately, Sciatica is curable. If you have to live with Sciatica, you are taught many different exercises and tricks to alleviate the pain when you feel it. Some of them include walking for a few steps, resting and sometimes lying down. The main purpose of these exercise or tricks is to relieve compression from the nerve and ultimately, relieve pain. Some other exercises advised to relieve the pain include knee to chest exercises and curl ups. These exercise relieve compression from the nerve by taking the compression-causing element away from the nerve and allowing the spine to stretch.
There are other methods also available that allow you to live a life with Sciatica in an efficient way. Some easy methods to control Sciatica include ice packs and heating. Whenever patient feels the pain, he or she uses ice packs or some heating pads in order to relieve it and it turns out to be a life saver with immediate relieve in pain. You can also get some pain killers recommended by the doctor which can be used upon onset of pain and relieve the pain in a short time.
These simple and easy exercises and tricks can make your life easy with Sciatica. However, if despite of using all of these methods your pain doesn’t alleviate, a specialist doctor should be consulted without making any delay. You will be asked to get an X-ray or MRI of your spine done and doctor will make diagnosis according to results of the investigation.
Some of the problems leading to Sciatic can be easily solved by regular physiotherapy. You will have to visit physiotherapist quite a few times in a month to get your problem solved. However, if physiotherapy doesn’t help then there are surgical and medical treatments available. Medical treatment is always preferred before opting any kind of surgical option. Your doctor will prescribe some pain killers for you to be used on regular basis to stay free of pain. If your pain turns out to be refractory to any of the medical options, surgery is the last option left. Surgery involves the process to release the entrapped or compressed nerve by resolving the underlying cause.
Living with Sciatica takes lots of courage. Sometimes pain gets excruciating and even performing everyday tasks becomes a nightmare. This is why we should be always careful about getting it treated. It is matter of a happy life after all!
Submitted by Anonymous