Will certain diet be helpful to reduce the pain of Sciatica?
Consume foods rich in Vitamin A and C which will fight against free radicals reducing the inflammation, pain and swelling. Calcium rich foods like milk, almond, soybean must be included in your diet. Foods like apple, garlic, ginger and turmeric is advisable. Increase protein intake. Have more of sprouted pulses, milk and fish.
Have foods that impart a natural anti-inflammatory quality, like green leafy vegetables, eggs and above all, water. Include turmeric in your cooking for its immune boosting properties. Cut down on fats and carbohydrates to maintain healthy weight.
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My friend suggested me few homeopathic medicines for Sciatica. Since it has relieved him, I am thinking of taking them to get rid of this horrifying pain. Is over-the-counter Homeopathic medicine safe to take?
Homeopathy must be taken under proper guidance of a well trained and experienced Homeopath. Homeopathy is a natural and safe mode of treatment. But it does not mean that it should be taken blindly. Homeopathic mode of treatment is based on individualization. That means we consider each and every symptom you have in detail. The medicines helped your friend might not relieve your pain.
If you observe, even two leaves from same branch of a single tree doesn't have the same vein pattern, so how can two human being who is made up of 33 trillion cells, can be same. Homeopathy respects your individuality and treats you accordingly.
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What is the outlook of Sciatica?
The outlook of Sciatica is usually good. Most of the patients get relief by following proper treatment. Symptoms improve over the period of time without requirement of surgery.
Homeopathic treatment improves the prognosis of any disease as the method is scientific, safe, natural and absolutely infallible.
I am a 40 year old woman, had a motor vehicle accident 10 years back. Since then, there is severe back pain. I have to miss many days of work. The pain radiates to my thighs and down to knees and to my toes. The pain returns despite of taking painkillers and using a lumbar belt. Isn't there any treatment option for my excruciating pain?
Homeopathy will not only eliminate your back pain but also the root cause of it. The history of injury holds great importance in your case as it is a causative factor.
Our Homeopathic medicine with its great quality has a power to uproot the cause of your excruciating pain.
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When will I need Surgery for Sciatica? Can I avoid undergoing it?
Surgery is needed only in rare cases where there is evidence of severe loss of function and feeling in your legs. It is required to release the pressure on the trapped nerve.
Yes. You can avoid undergoing a surgery by opting for an appropriate treatment that won't suppress your system by any side-effects.
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Homeopathic prescription is based on the extent of degeneration in your case. The sum total of your signs and symptoms are taken in to consideration and a well selected remedy is given to you. The remedy would be most suitable for your condition. Homeopathy will give you relief from your suffering and prevent the possibility of surgery.
Are there any serious outcomes if Sciatica is not treated?
If Sciatica is not treated or not been taken care of, then there are certain complications such as:
- Muscle Weakness: The sciatic nerve which is compressed is called the PINCHED nerve, and if this "pinching" continues for a long time, it leads to chronic muscle weakness and even muscle wasting.
- Foot Drop: As the name suggests, the foot literally "drops". This happens because of extreme weakness of the muscles present in the front portion of the lower leg and foot.
- Loss of Sensation: Because the sciatic nerve is also responsible for sensitivity to touch in the back portion of the buttocks and leg, a sciatic compression can lead to feelings of "ants crawling all over the leg", and in severe cases, complete loss of sensation.
- Incontinence: Very bad cases of sciatic nerve compression can cause urinary and / or stool incontinence.
Timely and appropriate homeopathic treatment can effectively control the disease in its early stages and can help greatly in preventing these complications.
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Can I prevent the development of Sciatica?
The risks of developing Sciatica can be significantly lowered by following some simple measures.
Bending: Never bend forward directly to lift any objects or weights from the ground. Keeping the hip straight, bend your knees and then lift the object.
Smoking: Believe it or not, cigarette smoking hastens disc degeneration. Best avoided!
Exercise: Regular exercise helps to strengthen the muscles of the back and abdomen and prevent compression.
Posture: Maintaining proper, erect posture in your day to day activities helps to prevent nerve compression. If your occupation entails constant sitting, take a break for 2-3 minutes every hour for a brief stroll.
Which are the exercises advisable for Sciatica?
- Knee to chest stretch: It improves the flexibility of your low back. Lie on your back on a mat. Place a small flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees and keep your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in. Bend one knee up towards your chest and grasp your knee with both hands. Slowly increase this stretch as comfort allows. Hold for 20-30 seconds with controlled deep breaths. Repeat three times, alternating legs.
- Sciatic mobilising stretch: It mobilises the sciatic nerve and thigh muscles. Lie on your back. Place a small flat cushion or book under your head. Bend your knees and keep your feet straight and hip-width apart. Keep your upper body relaxed and your chin gently tucked in. Bend one knee up towards your chest and grasp your hamstrings (five tendons of muscles present behind knee/lowest part of thigh) with both hands below the knee. Slowly straighten the knee while bringing your foot towards you. Hold for 20-30 seconds taking deep breaths. Bend the knee and return to the starting position. Repeat two or three times, alternating legs.
How can I manage Sciatica at home?
Improve your posture to prevent strain and loss of flexibility.
Improve muscle tone by regular exercise.
Sleep on a firm mattress.
Ice application to painful area may relieve the pain.
Consult a doctor for prolonged or severe symptoms.
Avoid any sudden, jerky movement of the back.
Do not bend but kneel to pick up things from the floor.
Cut down on fats and carbohydrates.
I was told to take hot fomentation to reduce the pain. How should I do it and for how long?
In Sciatica especially of the Acute type, application of hot and cold packs alternately help to control the pain for the time being. The 20-2-20 rule applies here.
First: Application of ice pack for 20 minutes 2-3 times a day for 2 days.
Second: Hot pad application for 20 minutes 2-3 times a day for 2 days.
What are the treatments available for Sciatica?
Conventional medicines include muscle relaxants, painkillers, Antidepressants, Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs. Sometimes steroidal injections are also given directly into the spine to reduce the inflammation of the sciatic nerves. However, this could be a dangerous procedure as nerve may be injured or damaged permanently. Post puncture pain is often very severe.
Certain physical therapies are:
- Adopting correct posture and pillow during sleep.
These may be effective for restoring range of motion, flexibility, and core strengthening and making your muscles stronger. Surgery is occasionally performed to decrease the compression of nerves when pains do not subside with medications and physical therapies.
Unfortunately, conventional treatments are very short lived. Pain killers act as long as they are taken post-which the pain remains persistent. Even surgeries do not assure a complete recovery and the chances of recurrences are always likely.
Homeopathic treatment, along with some exercises and lifestyle modifications is one of the best ways to treat Sciatica as it ensures that the disease is taken care from its root.
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