Management of Sciatica through Nature Cure

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Management of Sciatica through Nature Cure

A patient aged about 64 yrs admitted in our centre with complaints of severe low back pain radiating to right leg. Patient had these complaints since few years, diagnosed as sciatica and she was under medicines and physiotherapy treatments. During the admission patient was having acute pain in the low back, thighs and fore leg. Patient had difficulty in sitting, lying, bending at the waist and also had tingling and weakness of the thighs and legs.

The patient was treated with massage therapy, hot applications, Acupressure & Acupuncture treatments with complete rest. Third day onwards the patient started feeling better. The pain reduced remarkably, weakness and tingling sensation disappeared, comfortably started doing daily activities .After seven days of treatment, patient was very comfortable and relaxed, had no pain while sitting, walking and lying down postures.

Some general facts about sciatica.

  • The sciatica nerve is the largest nerve in the body and begins from nerve roots in the lumbar spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down the lower limb.
  • Sciatica is pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve.
  • The pain of sciatica is typically felt from the low back (lumbar area) to behind the thigh and radiating down below the knee. The pain of sciatica is sometimes referred to as sciatic nerve pain.

Other causes of sciatica includes

  • Irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone
  • Tumors
  • Muscle, internal bleeding
  • Infections
  • Injury
  • Irritation of the sciatic nerve during pregnancy
  • Spinal Stenosis – degeneration of the vertebrae of the spine leads to narrowing of the spinal canal

Management Therapies like

  • Massage,
  • Acupuncture,
  • Acupressure,
  • Chiropractic,
  • Yoga

Gives effective relief.

Precautions: Sciatica can recur. To avoid recurrence follow these tips

  • Regular exercise
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Avoid forward bending
  • Heavy weight lifting
  • Jerky movements

Article by Dr .Meena.K, BNYS,MSCP,
Seneior Medical Officer

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