Effective Pain Management For Sciatica

Experiencing pain in lower back going down either of your legs? There’s a high chance that what you have is sciatica. However, other deadly diseases seem to have the similar or the exact symptoms that sciatica has. Thus, you should get a trusted physician to diagnose the symptoms. Plus, pain of sciatica is known as crippling that makes day-to-day life extremely tough. However, you can easily get relief with pain management options.

Sciatic pain

What is sciatica?

The term refers to such pain that spreads along sciatic nerve. This nerve goes down the back. In fact, this nerve extends all the way down to a person’s legs. Numerous injuries or conditions cause sciatica. Know the causes along with possible treatment options for sciatica below! Also find out how to recognize it!

What causes sciatica?

It’s know that issues with the back lead to muscle spasms. It also causes stiffness and aching accompanied with weakness, cramping, and tingling in lower limbs, i.e., legs. Moreover, it affects feet and buttocks too.

The exact factor for pain can’t be pinpointed because our body is highly complex and includes numerous structures along with many muscles in the back. But, some causes can include spinal disfiguration, muscular dysfunction, sprains due to an injury, nerve irritation, and permanent injuries resulting from poor or overused posture.

Back pain also results from conditions including degenerative disc. Similarly, herniated discs can also cause it.

Treating sciatic nerve pain

Figuring out the right treatment option for pain first involves singling out the cause. You’ll undergo physical exams plus other tests so that the doctor has a better understanding of the symptoms. He ca then determine a cause.

The following are ways of treating pain of sciatica

  • Exercise regime and rehabilitation Particular exercise regimes and workouts fix the body’s mechanics. They also benefit the posture. Consequently, the impact sciatica has is minimized and the individual regains motion. Furthermore, therapy programs involving functional movements, as well as stretching are helpful too. As level of tolerance increases, strengthening activities in your exercise regime are also added. Similarly, incorporating exercises that involve posture enhancement or flexibility in rehabilitation programs can relieve tension. As a result, the musculoskeletal system starts functioning optimally.
  • Flexion distraction Another type of manipulation involving the spine, this gentle procedure involves application of disruptive force. The force is applied on the back and hip. Resultantly, spinal segments are stretched. This involves a special table that comes with a hydraulic system. The hydraulics enable the table to produce pumping motions that stretch the individual’s joints positioned along his or her spine.
  • Spinal manipulation Chiropractors can also help treat pain experienced in lower back. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation on the articulation of the spine. It is a therapeutic mediation. Using hands, the chiropractor will apply repressed force on one of your joints to relieve pressure put on sciatic nerves thus relieving pain and restoring movement.
  • Stimulating muscles with current As suggested by the name, muscle stimulation using current involves using varied currents in particular intensities and frequencies. This causes an in increase in coordination and improvement in muscle control. Moreover, it modulates the cells to aid repair of damaged tissues. Plus, circulation is increased too. Electric stimulation lowers edema and muscle spasms along with inflammation. It is typically used in early stages as it boosts healing.
  • Therapy involving ice This treatment option decreases circulation along with metabolism. In turn, this reduces muscle spasms and pain. Ice or something cold is put on injuries to slow down inflammation. This relieves pain too.
  • Therapy with cold laser An advanced kind of therapy, this option involves applying photons at such a wavelength that they penetrate the skin and are absorbed in the underlying tissues. It is known to fasten recovery, particularly in conditions that involve spasms and inflammation. This option is helpful for pain in discs, ligaments, cartilage, muscles, nerves, and for fascia too.

In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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