SCIATICA: MYTHS AND FACTS!! by Dr Suresh Bansal
How do I know it’s Sciatica?
Pain that spreads out from your lower spine to the buttock and makes way to the back of the leg is the hallmark of Sciatica. A certain discomfort is felt almost everywhere along the nerve pathway affected by it. The back of the thigh and calf are the worst affected areas in terms of pain.
The pain can vary though. It can be a mild ache to a sharp burning sensation leading to excruciating pain. At time, it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. Coughing and sneezing can worsen the condition and prolonged sitting can aggravate the symptoms.
Some people also experience numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. You can also have pain in one part of the leg while numbness in another part.
If in doubt, contact our Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Suresh Bansal at 9811062832 or come to us at Bansal Global Hospital in Delhi for sciatica treatment.
When to consult an ORTHOPEDICAIN?
Cases of Mild Sciatica usually go away over time. You should consult your doctor at the earliest of self-care measures fail to ease your pain. You can wait for a week before taking professional help but don’t try too many things without proper consultation.
However, get immediate help if:
The pain is followed by a violent injury, such as a traffic or domestic accident which directly hit the area.
It’s affecting your bowel or bladder movements terribly or abnormally.
Age: Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated disks and bone spurs are the most common causes of sciatica.
Obesity: Excess body weight can increase the stress on the spine and contribute to the spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
Occupation: A job or regular activities that requires you to twist your back, carry heavy loads, or drive a motor vehicle for long periods might also play a significant role in causing Sciatica.
Prolonged sitting: People who have to sit for prolonged periods or have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica than active people.
Diabetes: Diabetes doesn’t directly motivate the symptoms but the way a diabetic body uses blood sugar, increases the risk of nerve damage which ultimately leads to Sciatica.
With the help of professionals, Sciatica is fully curable. Though in a few complicated cases, it may lead to permanent nerve damage.
If taken proper care and medication as per expert recommendation, one can fight Sciatica within a few weeks. For more information, book an appointment with our orthopaedic expert at the Bansal Global Hospital