Sciatica is a sharp, shooting or burning leg pain along the path of Sciatic nerve, often radiating to the foot or ankle. It is often caused by a slipped disc, when one of the discs that lie between the vertebrae gets herniated and presses on the spinal nerves. However, proper treatment along with necessary correction in lifestyle can render lasting results.
Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, the single largest nerve which runs from the lower back into the hips, legs and down to the toes. Injuries and irritation to the sciatic nerve can cause pain along part or whole of the nerve path. The afflicted people feel pain in their lower back, buttocks and legs.
Indicative features of Sciatica
What needs a special mention is that Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in itself. Rather it is the symptom of an underlying medical condition. Common causes of sciatica include – pain in the back or leg, burning, tingling, numbness, weakness and difficulty in moving the legs and feet. The sciatic pain can vary widely from a mild to a sharp ache, numbness, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. It may be worse when you cough or sneeze and prolonged sitting can also aggravate the symptoms. Usually one side of the body is affected.
Aetiology behind it
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. Spinal disc herniation is the primary cause of sciatica, accounting for about 90% of the cases. Other compressive spinal cause includes lumbar spinal stenosis. Sciatica may also occur during pregnancy as a result of the weight of the foetus pressing on the sciatic nerve during sitting. Sciatica can also be caused by tumors impinging on the spinal cord or the nerve roots. Trauma to the spine may also lead to sciatica.
Nowadays treatment is helpful in only relieving the pain and subsiding the symptoms without acting on the underlying causes. Whereas the root cause of the disease should be paid heed to and any kind of inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain be dealt with effectively without imposing harmful effect. In this way the sufferers get a lasting solution and lead a pain-free life.
A unique combination of Classical Homoeopathy, Ayurvedic-Unani Formulations, and Internationally Acclaimed Advanced Physiotherapy can be effective in treating sciatica, both acute as well as chronic.