Back Pain
Sciatica

Causes, Symptoms

and Treatments.

What is it?

Sciatica is a condition wherein the inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back and hips down each leg, leads to severe lower back pain.

COMMON CAUSES

Sciatica is a type of pain that occurs when your sciatic nerve is pinched, inflamed, or compressed. The sciatic nerve can get compressed for several reasons, including the growth of bone spurs, herniated discs, tumors, lumbar spinal stenosis, etc. In some cases, sciatica may also occur due to muscle spasms in the back, pregnancy, obesity, diabetes, or age-related wear-and-tear of the spinal components.

MAIN SYMPTOMS

Sciatica leads to radiating pains that extend to every part of the body connected to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, down the hips, and the back of each leg, leading to pain and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, and calves. The pain can be mild or severe, producing sharp, stinging, burning, or electric sensations. Sciatica pain usually affects one side of the body more than the other.

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SCIATICA
TREATMENT

SCIATICA TREATMENT

EPIDURAL INJECTIONS

Epidural steroid injections are delivered into the regions around the affected sciatic nerve roots to minimize the inflammation caused by nerve compression. Cortisone injections suppress the inflammation around the affected nerves to minimize the pain sensations. Epidural steroid injections produce immediate results, but they only last a few months. In the meantime, you must continue your physical therapy to address the root cause of sciatica, ensuring long-term pain relief.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Once the severe and acute pain passes, your doctor may recommend a physical therapy routine to restore mobility and flexibility in your muscles to prevent future incidents. Physical therapy for sciatica usually includes posture correction, stretches, and exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility. Physical therapy is crucial because it addresses the root cause of your sciatica, strengthening your muscles and joints to minimize nerve compressions.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Once the severe and acute pain passes, your doctor may recommend a physical therapy routine to restore mobility and flexibility in your muscles to prevent future incidents. Physical therapy for sciatica usually includes posture correction, stretches, and exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility. Physical therapy is crucial because it addresses the root cause of your sciatica, strengthening your muscles and joints to minimize nerve compressions.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER
SCIATICA TREATMENT

POST-TREATMENT IMPROVEMENT

Minimally invasive treatments for sciatica don’t involve any downtime, and you can resume walking and all other normal activities the same day. However, the doctor will provide a thorough list of recovery guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery. You must also continue your physical therapy to strengthen your muscles, restore mobility, increase flexibility, and ensure long-term pain relief from sciatica.

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