What is Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain is a common pain associated with legs originated by the disturbance of sciatica nerve.
Human body is composed of a network of nerves which carries signals from organs to brain and back to the organs. The longest nerve among these nerves is sciatica nerve which moves from pelvis to the feet passing through buttocks. Any irritation or compression in this nerve causes severe pain starting from the low back to thighs and moving down below the knees which is known as sciatica pain.
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What are Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica?
Sciatica pain may be characterized by either any of following or all of the following symptoms
- Severe pain in leg worsening while sitting
- Difficulty in walking and standing
- Continuous pain in buttock (one side only)
- Feeling weakness or numbness in leg and foot
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What Causes Sciatica Pain?
Basically sciatica is caused by problem in sciatica nerve. However following factors can also not be ignored.
- Shrinkage of spinal canal of the lower back area
- Malfunction of vertebrae supporting discs
- Infection in the lower back of the body
- Displacement of a vertebra
- Muscle strain
- Spinal tumor
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How Sciatica is Diagnosed?
It is not very difficult to identify the sciatica pain. The unique nature of pain is enough to judge sciatica pain. Doctors take medical history and perform a complete examination of the patient to know about the nature of the pain. A physical examination of legs, hips and back is done to check the flexibility, sensation, strength and reflexes.
Furthermore doctor also can ask for some tests to get a true sketch of the pain. In this regard following tests may be demanded from the patient by the doctor
- CT scan
- Electric measurement of muscular activity (Electromyogram)
How Treatment of Sciatica Pain is Done?
A patient suffering from sciatica pain can get relieve even without any treatment within six weeks. But if the situation does not seem to be better in this tenure then patient can adopt any of following treatment.
- Use of hot and cold packs
- Massage therapy
- Surgery (if pain prolongs for more than six weeks.)
Allopathic Medication for Sciatica Pain
Different painkillers and muscle relaxing medicines are available in market to get rid of the sciatica pain. Some other medicines which are basically antidepressant are also helpful in relieving sciatica pain. Doctors also found anticonvulsants like gabapentin very effective for sciatica pain relief.
If painkillers are not helpful enough to relieve sciatica pain then doctor will move to next step, spinal corticosteroid or local anesthetic injection or both.
Although helpful these medicines cannot be used without the consultancy of the physician. Painkillers only can suppress the pain rather cure. These medicines are also not suitable to be used for a long time as the continuous use of these medicines can cause damage to the liver and kidney.
Homeopathic Treatment for Sciatica Pain
Homeopathic way of treatment provides different remedy for different patients based on the behaviour, mental state, life style, sleeping pattern and symptoms of the patient. Almost 192 remedies are there in homeopathy for the relief of sciatica pain. Homeopathy treatment for sciatica pain is preferred as it eradicates the problem while painkillers only suppress the pain.
How Much Time is Required for Complete Cure of Sciatica Pain in Homeopathy?
If right medicines are given then patient feels great relief in pain within 2 weeks. But complete cure requires complete treatment for 2-3 months depending upon the condition and actual cause of problem.
Some of the frequently suggested medicines to relieve sciatica pain are:
- Arsenicum album
- Ammonium muriaticum
These medicines are mentioned for educational and informational purpose and you should not use any of them without consulting an experienced homeopathic doctor.