Posted on Apr 21st 2017
Sciatic Neuritis is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve which is in the lower lumbar region of the back but causes pain in the leg. You may have heard the term Sciatica which refers to that leg pain. Sciatica Neuritis is most likely caused by the degeneration of the spine, leading to compression on the Sciatic nerve. The most common symptom is pain (caused by inflammation), muscle weakness, and also numbness and tingling. The Sciatic nerve runs from the lower back to the feet, and your pain can be experienced in a number of places along the way; both sides of the pelvis, backs of legs, seemingly felt in the bone and both feet.
If you have a high pain tolerance or are experiencing symptoms that cause less pain that wouldn't necessarily point to Sciatic Neuritis like local, chronic pain in the lower back, muscle weakness in the thighs, knees, or hamstrings, general stiffness, and slowly diminishing motor skills or reflexes, you might not acknowledge the condition yourself for some time. It's important to note the pain you are having and where, and bring it up to your doctor to be diagnosed and treated early to prevent further damage and inhibition of movement. Like herniated disc and other spinal nerve conditions, the Sciatica Neuritis (pain caused by inflammation) can be managed well with conservative treatment options.
If caught early enough, you can attempt the most non-invasive options first over a period of 4-6 weeks. If you think this is your diagnosis and it's only been 48 hours you should ice the location, to reduce the inflammation and then apply heat afterward to promote circulation and healing. A professional chiropractic adjustment can alleviate pressure immediately and release the spine from any tight muscles surrounding the area. Furthermore, a deep tissue massage can expedite healing and prevent problematic muscles from tightening around the spine again. With your chiropractor and masseuse's blessing, you might use hot or cold therapy again for pain management. While you wait for the results of these two treatment options, you can get yourself a support product such as a back brace or lumbar support. These products are designed to wrap around your lumbar region and promote conscious movement and proper posture and form. Wearing it will keep your back straight and encourage you to do lifting, if any, with your legs. The support also keeps the region warm during movement and promotes adequate circulation of blood, nutrients, and oxygen.
If over the days or weeks following your appointments with a chiropractor or masseuse, you are experiencing concern or worsening pain, you might want to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Prior to your appointment, write down the treatment options you attempted, how long you've been experiencing pain and where. These points will be important to your doctor to determine the next step and properly diagnose the source of the problem. An MRI or X-Ray can further assist the doctor in learning exactly which of your discs or nerves are the site. Pain medication and physical therapy might be recommended.
Treatment options are largely up to both you and your doctor. Everyone experiences pain differently and has a different approach toward their health. You might want to try only one treatment option at a time, or if pain is a problem, two. If over trial and error over 4-6 weeks your attempts are unsuccessful, a minimally invasive lumbar decompression surgery might be considered. This surgery will remove pressure from the affected nerve and allow it the space it needs to heal. Patients who opt for this surgery often experience immediate relief from the leg pain, even though full recovery requires weeks or months.
Nerve damage can worsen mobility and use of your limbs and should be acknowledged as soon as possible. Taking extra precautions to prevent further injury such as limiting strenuous activity and working out, wearing a back support product, icing and applying heat right away will definitely benefit you. You can call your trusted chiropractor or masseuse or go straight to the doctor for their recommendation. It is highly likely you might heal the condition completely on your own, but if you don't, there is plenty of assistance and options available to you.
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