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Sciatica (pronounced sigh-AT-eh-ka) is a relatively common form of leg pain that takes many of us down the memory lane to childhood memories of elderly relatives grimacing about their “sciatica showing up.” Pain and numbness radiating down the knee are the hallmarks of this condition. Also, women are more prone to the condition than men.
What are the major indicators of Sciatica?
– Persistent pain in just one leg or a side of the buttock (rarely both the sides or both the legs)
– Pain that worsens upon sitting
– A sharp tingling pain in the legs
– Difficulty in walking or even standing up straight
– Difficulty in making any movement at all with the foot or the toes
– Pain that travels its way down the legs
‘Sciatica’ is often used to explain pain in the legs, lower back and other associated symptoms. It a very common condition that might mislead you to think that it can be self-treated. Contrary to popular belief, Sciatica is a combination of symptoms rather than the main condition in itself. This explains that Sciatica may often be indicative of other neuro-disorders and be at the bottom of that debilitating lower back/leg pain. The pain from the condition could worsen when you sit, cough or sneeze and it might progress gradually or flare up all of a sudden. Ignoring the condition or treating it incorrectly (this happens when you self-treat) can surely aggravate the problem and end up making the pain a chronic one over a period of time. Mainly, people above 60 years of age are more likely to suffer from this condition. However, anybody over the age of 45 may also be as likely.
This condition manifests when the tender core of the spinal disc pushes through or herniates through a crack of the fibrous exterior casing. Ruptured disc, slipped disc, protruding/bulging disc are other terms which are interchangeably used for lumbar herniated disc.
While some degree of it is considered to be normal considering that the spinal disc will degenerate to an extent as we age, in some cases, these degenerated discs can irritate a nerve root and result in a searing and a sharp pain common to Sciatica.
Here, one vertebra misaligns itself and slips forward over another vertebra, resulting in a pinched nerve root.
In spinal stenosis, pressure on the nerve causes the spine canal to narrow down. This can sometimes be caused by a bone spur as well.
The muscle that is present deep within the buttocks, also called the Piriformis muscle, may get irritated and cause spasms. This can pressurize the sciatic nerve and result in pain that is common to Sciatica.
Other causes like a tumor in the spine or other infections require medical intervention without delay
Our physiotherapists are specially trained and possess the required skillset to manage and treat Sciatica type pain, be it chronic or acute. They will visit you at your home, at a time chosen by you so that your comfort is not compromised in any way. After that, they will come up with a treatment plan that will be tailor made to your complaints and reasons for discomfort. With timely medical intervention and physiotherapy, pain from Sciatica can be effectively managed.