Many find that it is the only way that the very severest of symptoms can be controlled. Physiotherapy may have a role, although with severe sciatica it can sometimes upset symptoms. Simple interventions such as massage and heat may help relieve symptoms but have not been proven to effect the outcome.
Epidural injections of steroid may also be used. This is a technique where cortisone/steroid preparations are injected around the nerves in the spinal canal. The aim of the injection is to reduce the inflammation around the nerve root. This technique may be very effective but is somewhat unpredictable.
Sciatica is nerve pain associated with a major nerve in the leg — the sciatic nerve. Sciatica travels down the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the leg, and it can also be associated with tingling, numbness, or weakness along the affected leg. Sciatica is a symptom of a number of different conditions, including a herniated (bulging) lumbar disc, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). In all these, the common finding is that the sciatic nerve is compressed, with the symptoms of sciatica as a result. A holistic approach targeted in treating the cause can not only relieve the distress caused due to pain but can also help in preventing the ailment from becoming chronic.
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