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Sciatica – Typical Causes And Solutions

Sciatica is a relatively common kind of back problem leading to agony that originates from the lumbar region and backside down to the knee and foot on one side of the body; numbness, tingling and “pins and needles” can also result.

The term “sciatica” really refers to the symptoms of the irritation to the spinal nerves of the sciatic nerve, which causes the pain. The cause of irritation is most specifically compression of the nerve roots by a herniated or protruding spinal disc in the low back.

Common Treatments

Treatments for sciatica depend on the essential causes, the intensity of the agony and the chronicity of the issue.

For most patients with short term sciatica the following may help:

– A course of painkillers such as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, these aren’t without risks, especially when taken over the long term or for those with hypertension, likelihood of heart or liver illness, or a background of stomach and digestive disorders.

– Exercise and remaining physically active is important; bed rest should really only be encouraged if the pain is extreme.

– Thermotherapy (hot and cold) compression packs may help to reduce the pain, use either on their own or in combination.

For longer-term sciatica the following treatments are generally recommended:

– Painkillers such as paracetamol, codeine or antidepressants like amitriptyline, which also help with nerve pain.

– Injections of a corticosteroid – epidural steroid injections are used to reduce swelling when painkillers don’t work.

– Surgery, is advised usually as a last resort, if the issue is gradually worsening. Surgery may involve removal of part of the intervertebral disc, trimming of the intervertebral disc or joining of bone, to release stress on the nerve.

All the above common treatments come with associated risks. That’s why it’s smart to tackle sciatica with exercise, physiotherapy or chiropractic care if feasible.

A series of chiropractic corrections, with a carefully thought out daily exercise routine to strengthen the muscles that support your back, can often help with sciatic agony without the most likely serious side-effects linked with the common treatments noted above.

Mark Stephens is a contract writer specialising in the healthcare field. He has a particular interest in writing about spinal conditions like sciatica and working with consultants like Bedford Sciatica to help folk reach a speedy resolution of their sciatica.

Do You Need A Chiropractor

Chiropractic is now believed to be the fastest growing, biggest, drugless therapeutic profession in the world!

To understand what chiropractic is all about, we resorted to Wikipedia to know the definition,

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the belief that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system. Many chiropractors reject being characterized as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is a healthcare profession, and although chiropractors have many similarities to primary care providers, they are more similar to a medical specialty like dentistry or podiatry.

Article Reference: Wikipedia, Chiropractor

Chiropractic was formally recognized as an actual profession in 1895. Although, the notion of health and its relationship to the condition of the spine was understood by many of the earliest healers in the history of the world, well before Chiropractic began. The father of modern medicine was even quoted saying, ” Look well to the spinal area for the cause and prevention of disease.” Hippocrates (460 BC) is considered as the father of modern medicine.

September 18, 1895 marks the first ever recorded chiropractic success. DD Palmer, a magnetic healer at that time, performed spine adjustments on a man with 17 years of deafness which cured the man of his disability. The news broke immediately, keeping Palmer a busy man attending to all types of patients with every conceivable problem. Most of the medical concerns patients were looking to cure are flu, sciatica, migraine headaches, stomach aches, epilepsy and heart-related troubles.

Though Palmer (the founder of chiropractic) in no way used drugs with his conservative spinal adjustments, fevers broke, pain ended, infections healed, vision improved, stomach disorders disappeared, and of course, hearing returned.

All of this was almost 120 years ago! This is why I love being a chiropractor and seeing ‘miracles’ occur every day. No drugs and nothing removed except interference to the nervous system!! !

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