What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain that begins in the lower back and travels down the lower limbs traversing the root of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It marks its beginning in the lower back and runs down the hips, back of legs and down to the feet. There is one sciatic nerve on either side of the body and any one of them may be involved when pain is experienced. Irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve leads to sciatica.
What causes Sciatica?
The main causes of sciatica are pinching, compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. This pinching or compression may result from a disc bulge or a herniated disc in the lower spine. Other causes of sciatic nerve compression are degeneration of the spinal disc, stenosis (narrowing) of the spinal canal, bone spurs, spondylolisthesis (dislocated vertebra), piriformis syndrome and compression of the sciatic nerve from a tumor in the spine.
What are the signs and symptoms of Sciatica?
When pain in the lower back radiates down in either of the legs is the sign that you have sciatica. The pain may be dull, tearing, shooting, lancinating or electric shock-like in nature. Few other symptoms that persist are numbness, tingling, burning sensation, or weakness in the affected side of the lower limb. Standing or sitting for long worsens the pain. Lying down or walking relieves the symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe investigations such as x-rays, MRI, CT scan, EMG i.e. Electromyography.
How can Homeopathy help?
Homeopathy is a very advanced science equipped to treat sciatica. Homeopathic medicines can help in healing acute as well as chronic sciatica naturally without any side-effects.
Homeopathic medicines are extremely effective and have the power to treat even severe cases of sciatica and avoid surgical procedures. However, the extent of benefit from these medicines will be based on factors such as duration, intensity, and cause of sciatica. Spinal surgery can be avoided in a large number of cases. Some well recognized homeopathic medicines for sciatica pain are colocynthis, magnesia phosphorica, gnaphalium polycephalum, arnica, Rhus tox, and cotyledon.
Can lifestyle changes help treat Sciatica?
Lifestyle changes can truly help in managing sciatica pain and to an extent help it can heal fast when accompanied by homeopathic medicines. It is very important to have a correct posture while you sit and stand which can help to reduce the stress and pain on your back. Avoid forward or backward bending, lifting heavyweights and prolonged sitting and standing. Reduce your body weight, avoid high heels and quitting smoking. To further reduce pain, warm applications in the affected area are advised. Sleeping on a firm mattress is also recommended. Stretching exercises and physiotherapy also hasten the positive effects of homeopathic medicines on sciatica pain and help the condition to heal faster.