SCIATICA AND ITS HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT Sciatic nerve happens to be the longest nerve in our body. It starts from our spinal cord in the lower back and passes down through the hip into the back area of the lower leg When we say ‘Sciatica’ we refer to the pain in this sciatic nerve. As this nerve passes down through the pelvis, hip and to the backside of the lower leg, the sciatica pain whenever it occurs, is felt in the areas through which it passes. This nerve controls many muscles of the lower leg and also controls the sensation of thigh, leg and feet.
Pain that travels from the lower back or from the hip through the back part of the thigh to the lower part of the leg or to the foot is usually very indicative of sciatica.
Sciatica pain can range from a simple dull ache to severe electric like shocks. The pain can at times be so severe that the patient may hardly be able to move out of bed. Usually patients complain of pain while walking or standing but at times reverse of this happens, the pain is worse while lying down in a normal sleeping or lying posture and patient has no other option other than to stand or walk or lie in certain uncomfortable posture
Patients with sciatica may suffer from additional symptoms such as numbness and weakness along the course of nerve, tingling and pins and needles feeling (mostly in the foot or toes) and loss of bladder and bowel control ( this an emergency medical condition).
Sciatica is not a disease in itself but a symptom of the sciatic nerve being irritated or compressed (‘pinched’ as one may call it in a layman?s language) along its course. The most common place for this to occur is the lower part of the spine where the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve are compressed by a prolapsed (slipped) disc. Pinching of the nerve due to a Disc prolapse is the most common cause. Other medical conditions including trauma to the spine, spinal tumors, and spondylolisthesis (slipping of one vertebra over the other) and lumbar vertebral canal stenosis can cause sciatica.
Homeopathy as a natural system of medicine offers distinct advantages to the people who suffer from sciatica. The biggest advantage that homoeopathy offers is that it is able to treat the pain very effectively and is able to rectify the compression or irritation on the sciatic nerve. Homeopathic medicine Colocynth stands tall in the homeopathic list of medicine used for treating sciatica. It can work wonders in treating Sciatica. It is mostly used in treating right sided sciatica pain. Whenever there is numbness associated with pain, homeopathic medicine Gnaphlium is a remedy of unquestioned benefit. Rhus tox covers nearly all kinds of sciatica symptoms and many a times it is the first choice. Rhus tox is indicated when the patient feels pain while beginning to move and is little relived by walking.
Another great benefit of using homoeopathy is that along with the treatment of sciatica homoeopathy also aims at strengthening the patient’s constitution in order to prevent further recurrences.
Preventing sciatica
The key to prevent sciatica is to prevent any damage to your lower spine. The following tips can be very helpful if executed properly
Exercising regularly
This can strengthen back and abdominal muscles, thus preventing damage to your vertebral column.
Good posture
Maintain a good posture while sitting and use an ergonomically designed chair which properly supports your hips and does not press upon your back of the thighs and knees while sitting
What is Slipped Disk or Disk Prolapse ?
Pain in the back due a ‘slipped disc?’ (also referred as herniated disc) can be very agonizing and can effects ones life in many ways. It can effect even the normal essential movements like sitting standing and walking; causing sharp shooting pains in the area of the affected disk. In severe cases relentless pain can occur even with simple movements causing one to lie down in one position for hours and days at a time. Homoeopathic treatment can be very effective in both the acute and chronic cases of slipped disk problem. It can even be a big boon for the patients as it can save advanced cases from the surgeon?s knife.
What exactly is slipped disc and how can it cause such pain? Our spine comprises of mainly the bones (vertebrae), the disks and the spinal cord .Bones (vertebrae) are stacked one on top of each other to form the backbone. Through these vertebrae passes the spinal cord .Discs are a kind of cushions that are positioned between two vertebrae. They act as shock absorber in the spine. These disks are round and flat in shape and are made up of tough outer covering which surrounds a jelly like material called nucleus.
Although the slipping of the disc can be triggered due to a trauma like over stretching or lifting weight etc. It is difficult to pinpoint one single cause for this kind of disc problem. This problem often occurs out of gradual degeneration of the disk and is related to the aging process. Gradually over a period of time, as we age, the discs loose their water content and both the outer shell as well as the inner nucleus becomes stiffer and brittle. As the discs wear out, their outer covering becomes more prone to getting torn. It is when the outer covering of the discs that get torn and the nucleus moves out to irritate the nerve passing by, that the pain occurs. The pain can occur in back, hips or even legs. This is called as slipped disk.
Although the slipped disk can occur anywhere in the backbone, the lumbar are (lower back area) is more prone for this kind of disk problem.
Homoeopathic treatment of slipped disc is usually based on the symptoms that are presented in an individual case. For example In an individual with ?slipped disc? where the pain is traveling down to the leg, the homoeopathic medicine prescribed will be different from an individual who has pain just confined to the back only.
Acute cases need to be treated differently with different set of homoeopathic medicines like Rhus tox, Arnica, Ruta, Hypericum, Variolinum, Agaricus and Bryonia. Further, after the acute attack has subsided, the constitutional remedies may be required to strengthen the patients overall health, thus reducing the risk of another herniated disk.
Chronic back pain can occur in patients whose herniated disk hasn?t resolved properly. Homoeopathic medicines Kali Carb, Calcarea flour, Aesculus, Cobaltum, and Rhus tox can work wonders in resolving these unfinished cases.