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Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition involving the irritation or damage of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom which represents an underlying cause or problem in the Lumbar spine (lower back) and pelvis. It is categorised with pain starting at the buttock and down the back of the legs and loss of sensations in the legs (typically one at a time); difficulty in walking; and is accompanied by lower back pain to varied degrees, from minor back ache to debilitating lower back pain. In more server cases, loss of bladder and sexual functions is present with Sciatica patients. Sciatica not only makes simple daily activities of sufferers a big chore but has a social impact on their lives.

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What are the causes of sciatica?

Underlying causes of Sciatica is associated with Spinal disc herniations or disc/neural compressions; Spinal Sternosis; Spondylolisthesis; Osteophytes (abnormal excess bone growth); Piriformis Syndrome.

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What are some Sciatica Treatments?

  Sciatica treatments may include the consumption of NSAIDs (Anti-inflammatory) and Analgesics (Pain Killers) for temporary pain relief. However, these drugs have been found to have side-effects in the body such as stomach ulcerations, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, heartburn and nausea and vomiting. Hence, Anti-inflammatory and Analgesics are NOT recommended for long-term use. Elective Surgery is another option for the management of Sciatica. This is done by directly removing the underlying cause, that been Spinal Disc Herniations/Prolepses or osteophytes and/or cutting away deep muscle fibres to minimise irritation on the Sciatic nerve. Spinal surgery often removes pain, however in some cases pain and symptoms can become worse with the risk of damaging adjacent nerve structures. Patients should also be informed that Spinal Surgery will require time taken off from work; often between 10-12weeks post-surgery rehabilitation is necessary.

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Sciatica treatment for sufferers

Osteopaths are specially trained to make differential diagnosis for such underlying causes for Sciatica sufferers. Osteopathy is a non-invasive, conservative sciatica treatment approaches that offer Specific treatment/management programs to suit individual Sciatica presentations. These treatment/management programs may include Disc De-compressions and mobilisations, Piriformis Mobilisations and Stretching, Spinal corrections and Condition-Specific Exercises to minimise degenerative changes and the development of Osteophytes. Osteopathic care is the safe and effective alternative sciatica treatment to surgery and medications, to remove pain; increase comfort of spinal movements; improve quality of living to allow simple daily life activities done simply and with ease.

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