Pain radiating from the lower back in lower limb up to the toe is known as sciatica. In this condition a nerve called sciatic is effected and pain occurs in the same nerve- this is the reason, why it is known as sciatica. So to be precise- pain effecting the sciatic nerve is known as Sciatica. Sciatic pain can make life miserable. Walking, standing, bending over, driving a car, working at a computer, catching up on household chores, sneezing or coughing, and many other activities of daily living can cause sudden and intense pain. Patients who suffer sciatica, especially of a more acute nature, find the symptoms disrupt many aspects of their life.

Common symptoms of sciatica include:sciatica-treatment

  1. Pain in the back side of leg which will worsen once you sit or stretch the nerve by any movement
  2. Pain might be in form of tingling sensation, burning anywhere in the supply region of the sciatic nerve
  3. You might feel weakness in your leg
  4. A sensation of numbness or just difficulty in making any movement
  5. A cutting/tearing pain on rear side
  6. A pain which can make it difficult to walk or stand for moments

Causes of Sciatica:

 Sciatic nerve originates from Lumbo-Sacral vertebrae. Nerves coming out of these vertebrae unite together and make a nerve- Sciatic. This nerve travels to the foot all the way so from lower back up to any place there might be some problem. Here are main causes of the sciatica.

Slipped Disc:

 When due to problems with the muscles of the spine, a disc bulges to a side and starts pressing the nerve root, involved with sciatic nerve, this irritates the nerve and sensation of – pain/numbness/tingling starts occurring in the whole nerve. This kind of sciatic pain can only be relieved when the pressure on the nerve root is removed by proper adjustment of the disc.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis:

  This is the condition of hardening of the spinal canal- this is a condition which follows the lumbar spondyolitis ion general.

Degenerative Disc Disorder:

 This is the condition where inter-vertebral disc starts degenerating due to some pathology and this starts effecting the nerve roots and pain starts traveling down to the leg.

Piriformis Syndrome:

  This is a controversial cause of the sciatica. When there is no definitive cause for the problem- all the discs are in their place, there is not problem with the spine- this is considered that pain is due to the stiffness in the piriformis muscle. This might be a confusing diagnosis but certainly in practice we have seen many patients came with severe pain but there was nothing wrong with their spine or vertebral column.

Pregnancy:

 The pull by baby-bump can stretch the nerve and can cause the sciatica problem to you, which will go away in most of the cases after pregnancy.

Spinal tumors and spinal infections

  Although very rare, tumors and infections can compress the sciatic nerve.

Spondylolisthesis

  If a vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it, it’s called Spondylolisthesis. This slip can pinch the nerve root and cause sciatica.

Trauma

 Can develop sciatica because of direct nerve compression from an outside force. For example, you could be injured in a car accident, resulting in a pinched nerve in your low back.

Ayurveda is specialized in treating Sciatica with highest treatment success rate. It offers excellent Panchakarma therapies along with internal medicines for treating Sciatica.

Ayurveda described sciatica as Gridhrasi (Gridhra means Eagle), as the gait of the affected person resembles that of an eagle’s walk and the inflamed nerve appears like eagle’s beak.

Ayurveda categorized Sciatica as one of diseases caused by vitiation Vata (one of the principle dosha in the body, responsible for the movement and functionality of the body). Sometimes even kapha (dosha responsible for lubrication and bodily fluids) vitiation along with Vata (vata kaphaj) also causes sciatica.

Treatment in Ayurveda is aimed at restoring the equilibrium through correction of the underlying functional in-equilibrium. Ayurvedic treatments for Sciatica concentrate on bringing back the aggravated vata or vata kapha to the state of equilibrium and thereby to the state of health.

At Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Care, Treatment comprises of three approaches, Elimination (Sodhanam) of the accumulated toxic products of digestion, metabolism and the disease process, Pacification (Samanam) and correction of the entities responsible for altered functioning and Rejuvenation (Rasayanam) of the bodily tissue to regain and maintain natural strength and vitality.

The strength of Ayurveda in the area of spine and joint treatments is globally appreciated. Since it addresses the root cause of the issue the results are fantastic.

Therapies like Dhanyamla dhara, Abyanga swedam, Pathrapotali swedam (Elakizhi), Sarvangadhara (Pizhichil), Kadeevasthy, Navarakizhi, Vasti (the most important procedure in Ayurveda for curing Sciatica permanently) etc., are done as per the necessity and condition. These therapies are directed towards relieving the inflammatory changes and underlying causes of Sciatica, releasing the spasms and nerve compression in the affected area, strengthening and nourishing entire spine & supporting tissues. Usually the treatment period is 4 – 5 weeks according to the severity of the disease.

In four to six weeks, the majority of patients find their symptoms are relieved with our treatment. Ayurveda stands as a better alternative to surgery in Sciatica.

 

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