Sciatica

  • The largest and longest nerve in the human body. Beginning at your spinal cord, it runs through your hips & buttocks, & then branches down each leg
  • Sciatic nerve has the ability to control & feel your legs. When this nerve is irritated, you’ll experience sciatica
  • Sciatica is a sensation (weakness / numbness) that can manifest itself as a moderate to severe pain in your back, buttocks & legs
  • 40% of people will get it at some point during their lives
Most common causes are:
  • Herniated disks
  • Spinal canal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal canal / sciatic nerve tumours
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Pregnancy — As a result of the weight of the foetus pressing on the sciatic nerve during sitting / during leg spasms
  • Tumours impinging on the spinal cord / the nerve roots
  • Spinal trauma due to a car accident.
Common risk factors include:
  • Age — Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated disks & bone spurs, are the most common causes of sciatica
  • Obesity — Due to heavy stress on your spine, excess body weight can contribute to the spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
  • Occupation — A job that makes you to twist your back, carry heavy loads / drive a motor vehicle for long periods might play a serious role in sciatica, but there’s no conclusive evidence of this link
  • Prolonged sitting — People who sit for prolonged periods / have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica than active people
  • Diabetes — Increases the risk
  • Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) back to your buttock & down the back of your leg & foot is the hallmark of sciatica (Lower back pain, not as severe as leg pain)
  • Pain that is typically described as sharp / shooting rather than dull
  • Constant pain in only one side of buttock or leg, rarely both
  • Numbness, pricking / muscle weakness in the affected leg / foot. Sometimes, you might have pain in one part of your leg & numbness in another part
  • Pain can be worsened when you cough / sneeze, & prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms
  • Pain feels better while lying down / walking but worsens while standing / sitting / moving
  • You may experience incontinence, which is the inability to control your bladder / bowels. This is a rare symptom of cauda equina syndrome (CES), which requires an immediate attention
How do your homeopathic physician come to know about your arthritis?
  • History of the symptoms — To diagnose sciatica, your homeopathic doctor will first want to get your full medical history. This includes whether you’ve had any recent injuries, where you feel the pain, & how the pain feels. They’ll want to know what makes it better, what makes it worse, & how & when it started. Ultimately, sciatica can be diagnosed when a person reports the typical radiating pain in one leg
 
  • Most applied diagnostic test — Straight Leg Raise (SLR), which is considered positive if the pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve is reproduced with between 30 & 70 degrees with passive flexion of the straight leg
 
  • Imaging tests — X-ray, CT,  CT myelogram, MRI & Electromyogram (EMG) can help with the diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation
What are the advantages of homeopathy over allopathy?
 
Allopathic treatment
Possible side-effects of allopathic treatment
Advantages of homeopathy
Symptomatic treatment (NSAIDs & Opioids)
  • Long-term usage & high doses raise your risk of having a heart attack / stroke, stomach bleeding etc.,
  • Need to use with caution in asthmatic patients
  • Short term use of opioids is beneficial but, may lead to addiction
  • Provides long-term results with minimum dosage
  • No precautions in asthmatic patients
  • Natural, safe & non addictive 
Botulinum injections
(In sciatica due to piriformis syndrome)
  • Muscle stiffness & weakness
  • Burning & difficulty urination
  • Biochemical tissue salts enhance mineral & vitamin absorption in the nervous system
  • No side-effects
Laminectomy & discectomy
(In sciatica due to herniated disc)
  • CSF leak
  • Nerve damage
  • Invasive
  • Relatively high chance of recurrence
  • Expensive
  • Easy to administer natural oral medicines without side-effects
  • Low chance of recurrence
  • Affordable
* Treatment effects may vary from patient to patient
Treatment at Drs Homeo International
 
Identify root causes & eliminate them
with constitutional therapy
Natural oral medicines (Dilutions, tissue salts & mother tinctures) & ointments
Lifestyle modifications (Diet, supplementation, sleep, exercise & yoga)
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal canal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal canal tumours
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal trauma
  • Tumours impinging on the spinal cord / the nerve roots
Natural medicines:
  • Minimises the usage of anti-inflammatory & analgesics
  • Tissue salts enhance the mineral & vitamin absorption that are essential for nerve health
  • Allows the healing of nerve impingement & avoids further nerve damage by strengthening the entire nervous system
  • Relieve not only muscle pain & stiffness but also strengthens the immunity of the individual which helps in providing long term results
Eat:
  • Vitamin B6 – Papayas, cantaloupe, fortified cereals, dark leafy greens & beans (Avoid oranges if possible)
  • Vitamin B9 – Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, chickpeas, bananas & potatoes
  • Vitamin B12 – Fortified plant milk of almond / soy, yogurt & fortified breakfast cereals
  • Magnesium rich foods — Apples, brown rice, apricots, dark chocolate etc.,
  • Potassium — Cantaloupe, avocados, apricots, citruses, dark leafy greens, bananas, potatoes, mushrooms & nuts 
Avoid:
  • Dark-meat poultry, processed meats, high-fat dairy, poultry skin, & egg yolks
  • Instant rice, white bread, baked goods made using white / baking flour
  • Soft drinks, sweetened cereals, sugary desserts, artificial sweeteners
Supplementation guidance — Fish oil capsules & Vitamin C tablets
Productive & pain-free life —
We aim at individual’s genetic constitution by
listening to the patient’s physical, mental & emotional states which leads us to find out the constitutional remedy.
  • Controls the progression of sciatica
  • Low relapse rate
  • Restores cellular health
Rest, exercise & yoga guidance:
  • Sleep — A minimum of 8 hours every night
  • Exercise (Stretching) — Knee to chest stretch; Sciatic mobilising stretch; Back extensions; Standing hamstring stretch; Lying deep gluteal stretch
  • Yoga poses — Balasana; Ardha Chandrasana; Bhujangasana; Salabhasana; Pawanmuktasana; Supta Kapotasana; Setu Bandha Sarvangasana; Ardha Matsyendrasana; Viparita Karani
Note: Yoga poses & stretching are not recommended in pregnancy.
  • Stress management — Deep breathing & meditation 
*** Constitutional homeopathic treatment, along with the lifestyle changes, can work wonders in treating sciatica & control the symptoms
 
At Drs Homeo International Homeo, we have treated sciatica patients effectively with a success rate of 95%. Pie diagram — Cured (95%); No significant change (4%); No change at all (1%)
Can sciatica be prevented?
 
The following steps can help you prevent sciatica / keep it from occurring again:
  • Exercise often — Strengthening your back muscles & your stomach / core muscles is the key to maintaining a healthy back
  • Mind your posture — Make sure your chairs offer proper support for your back, place your feet on the floor while sitting, & use your armrests
  • Mind how you move — Lift heavy objects in the proper way, by bending at your knees & keeping your back straight

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