what is sciatica?
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 sharptingling 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
why is sciatica such a common problem?
‘Sciatica’ is often used to explain
Lumbar Herniated Disc or Spinal Disc Herniation
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.
Degenerative Disc Disorder
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.
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.
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.
Here, one vertebra misaligns itself and slips forward over another vertebra, resulting in a pinched nerve root.
Other causes like a tumor in the spine or other infections require medical intervention without delay
how can we help?
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.