Sciatica pain is a very common ailment that is accompanied by pain, numbness and weakness that spreads from buttocks straight to your ankle. The symptoms of sciatica nerve usually occur on just one side of the body. The pain may range from mild to severe. According to Zaki Anwar, Pain Management specialist, Medical Director at the Pain Management Institute “ Some people call sciatica nerve pain as a toothache”
Symptoms of sciatica
The root cause of sciatica pain often lies in a pinched nerve, a Herniated disc or other lower back ailments that provokes the track of the sciatic nerve, running from the lower region of the spine to the extremities. People with sciatica frequently complain.
• Pain worsens when sitting
• The pain is acute, sharp, scorching and continuous
• Feel difficulty while moving their legs and toes
• Some individuals feel difficulty even walking
According to Dr Zaki Anwar, A Pain Management Specialist Medical Director at the Pain Management Institute “Sciatic nerve root is often disturbed by muscle wear and tear, ruptures and spine bulges these may clear up by themselves in a matter of weeks or months, but for some patients the pain can last for years.”
Ordinary treatments for sciatica include NSAIDs, surgery and steroid injections. However, many individuals get relief from non surgical approaches that includes.
• Chiropractic care
• Anti-inflammatory diets
• Topical preparations
• Exercise and physical therapy
• Trigger point massages
• Herbal supplements
• Ice and heat packs
Catching the root causes of sciatica
Traditional treatments such as NSAIDs and steroidal medications can help you overcome sciatica pain, however they do not focus on the root cause of sciatica, that involves the torn spinal disc pinching and stressing the sciatic nerve. It is true that sciatic pain is considered as the symptom of an underlying medical spinal condition such as bone degeneration, spinal stenosis and herniated vertebrae
Many patients opt for surgery to address their spinal problems. This approach can be assured when the pain is intolerable and other traditional treatments have failed. There are several other non invasive treatments with a higher rate of success and that helps many patients avoid a risky spinal surgery which can sometimes leave patients with harmful side effects
Physicians often agree that the condition that give rise to sciatica are long term wear and tear and is not a result of one time injury. In fact, the number of people with sciatica pain recover on their own in just a few months.