What is Sciatica?
Before we begin, it must be noted that ‘sciatica’ is a layman’s term used to describe a common back problem. Due to this feature, it is not a clinical definition of any specific condition. Sciatica is related to the sciatic nerve, which is the thickest and strongest nerve in the body.
Where is the sciatic nerve located and what are its features?
In this section we’ll be looking in part at the anatomical structure of the nerve in order to better understand why the pain is being triggered.
The nerve is well-built and can sustain a hanging weight of 700kg (the weight of 7 adult men) before breaking. The roots of the Sciatic nerve control motor, sensory and mixed functions of our bodies via the bones, muscles and skin. It is divided into two sections and each one of them passes down from the spine, through the hips, into each leg. Although in common literature it is regarded as being one nerve, it can be classified as a group of nerves that branch out on both sides of your lower body.
Since none of the nerve roots correspond physiologically, different types of pain can be produced; e.g. a dull ache is felt in bone, numbness (acroparisthesia) in skin, and sharp pain in muscle – and of course these symptoms can overlap.
The Sciatic nerve is in close proximity to adjacent discs (1.2-1.5 mm) which is why so-called discongenic pain can arise. This pain however is caused by the tethering or rubbing of the nerve sleeve, and not by the discs themselves, while an irritated or compressed nerve doesn’t necessarily cause any pain.
As a result of mechanical friction affecting any of the nerve roots, the condition can become inflammatory, which is extremely painful. If not treated properly, this will lead to scarification in the area around the inflamed sleeve, which in time, would result in devascularisation (reduced blood supply to the veins).
In this, the body then reduces the supply of blood to certain veins if parts of the body are scarred and no longer require it as much as when the tissue was healthy. This process, which occurs as a result of the condition, and also as a consequence of surgery, often produces referred pain along those nerves which are affected. In other words, if the issue is not addressed, more complications can arise with the passage of time.
How does it manifest?
One of the most common causes of sciatica is mechanical damage to your spinal cord, especially in the lumbar spine region. However, sciatic nerve pain can affect other parts of the body along its trajectory, such as the sacroiliac joint, the piriformis muscle and leg muscles.
Diagnosis and treatment
In order to correctly pinpoint the cause of your back or leg pain, it is important to seek medical advice and obtain a diagnosis. This way, your doctor/ specialist can also rule out the existence of a different medical condition that is causing you these symptoms, such as spinal stenosis or even a spinal tumor.
The way a diagnosis is carried out can vary depending on the findings of your physician. At first, your doctor will carry out a physical examination of the affected area. If he/she discovers something that represents a cause for concern, you might be referred to have further tests to either confirm your condition, or to rule out other possible causes of your pain.
Before we look at the available options to treat sciatica, it is important to acknowledge that regardless of your medical condition, be it spine related or not, the best course of action is to start with the least invasive option possible and work your way up from there. This is recommended in order to avoid any possible side effects, that can sometimes cause more complications that the pain itself did. Seeking long-term pain relief should be the goal in treating sciatica, however, it must be kept in mind that the solution should be as natural as possible.
Treatment options for sciatica include:
- Physical therapy to decompress the spine and to free the entrapped nerve
- Anti-inflammatory medication for temporary relief
- Massage of the affected area
- Getting an epidural steroid injection
- Lastly, if it’s a severe case, surgery may be considered as an option
Can Backrack Help?
Take a look at the video below to see a detailed demonstration of how the Backrack works on your deeper tissues to alleviate pain.
Backrack Treats and Prevents Sciatica
Spinal Backrack System works directly on the causes, and hence the symptoms of sciatica, even chronic cases (please note: anything over 3 months is classed as a chronic case) can be addressed. However, your treatment on the Backrack will require you to be dedicated and carry out the instructions as per the manual and videos included to get optimum results.
The Backrack System allows the patient to be in full control while working on their cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. This treatment can be performed from the comfort of the patient’s own home and requires no medical supervision.
If you are looking for a safe and unique way to treat back pain, look no further! Be in control, safely and try the Backrack System at home.
Author: Spinal Backrack