Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

This condition occurs as a result of a slipped disc or other reasons

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Pain radiating through your buttock, down the back of your thigh and leg, often to your foot. Activity may make it worse. The disc may bulge because of normal working activity or lifting, housework or washing. The disc presses on a nerve in the spinal column and the sharp pain may be felt down the leg and through the buttocks.

What are the Causes of Sciatica?

Pressure on a sciatic nerve may be due to a slipped disc or a number of other reasons such as poor posture, muscle strain, pregnancy, being overweight. The sciatic nerve may also be inflamed due to arthritis.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Sciatica

Your doctor may suggest several types of pain killers to alleviate the pain.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Sciatica

Herbal Therapies: Teas made from white willow bark or meadowsweet may relieve joint pain; try black cohosh for muscle spasms. Other herbs which may relieve sciatica are St John’s wort, Jamaican dogwood, calendula and yarrow. If your pain is severe, use ointment containing rue. Rub well on the affected areas 3 times per day. Homeopathy: For stiffness that is worse in the morning and at night but improves with heat, try Rhus toxicodendron. For severe shooting pain extending from your lower back to your ankles that worsens with motion, consider Bryonia. Make sure that you get professional advice for proper dosages and courses of treatment.