Sciatica Treatments: Empty Your Wallets
Sciatica is typically a set of neurologic symptoms, including pain and numbness, due to compression or irritation of one of the spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve. There is one sciatic nerve on each side of the body that begin originates in the lower back and runs all the way through the feet. The health of the sciatic nerve is important because it gives us our feeling in our hips and legs, and or ability to move. Irritation or compression of this sciatic nerve can cause complications such as numbness, burning, tingling, pins and needles, aching, muscle pain, and pin that seems to come from deep in the leg. If the compression of the sciatic nerve is severe enough, we may even develop a condition known as foot drop (the ability to lift your foot when walking). Symptoms such as foot drop may be easier to prevent than to treat. In any event, you would want to treat your sciatica sooner rather than later to increase the possibility or restoring full functioning to your hip and leg.
Sciatica Treatments. The treatment or medical intervention that is chosen will depend on the location or the nerve root compression and the cause of the compression or irritation. When a ruptured disc is the cause, treatments such as disc replacement or spinal fusion surgery are available. A course of antibiotics is appropriate if an infection is identified as the cause of the irritation of the sciatic nerve. If an abscess has formed, it is usually treated immediately. Though rare, spinal cord tumors, if discovered, are removed through radiation therapy, or surgical removal, or both.
Posture. Your posture is the way you align your body and ultimately the way you carry yourself when you sit, stand, and hold objects. The way you carry yourself as you move may affect how much strain you put on certain muscles of your body and your spine. If you sit and walk with a slouched posture, you may be putting added pressures on discs and vertebrae of your lower back and upper back. These pressures, over time, may cause your discs to bulge or worse, to rupture. To prevent or reverse damage to the discs (intervertebral discs) of your back, you should try to maintain a healthy posture throughout the day. When sitting, your back pockets should be empty, so that your hips remain level, and your body remains in proper alignment. Empty your wallets if you do carry a lot of unnecessary stuff in your back pocket, or think about not carrying a wallet altogether. Personally, I put my wallet in one of my side pockets around the middle of my thigh when I wear cargo pants, or I put my wallet in one of my front pockets when I wear something without those types of pockets.
Back Pain and Posture. Good posture helps reduce sciatica and back pain. This statement is pretty simple to understand, but the concept really can be quite complex when you consider the interaction between the physical positions you take and how you feel. Consider that your posture can cause pain, and your pain can cause you to develop bad postural techniques. Personally, when, when I have days where I feel that familiar sting in my lower back, I will continue taking various ugly positions in my chair throughout the to try to take some pressure off where it hurts. In this way, it starts a cycle where the pain gives rise to bad posture, and the bad posture causes more pressures on the discs of the back and the irritated sciatic nerve.
Some treatments for sciatica and back pain include hydrotherapy, emotional pain relief therapy, foot reflexology.