The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.
First, you should know that sciatic pain, or sciatica, occurs off and on with many people. Sometimes it’s mistaken for lower back pain or leg cramps. When it does, the tendency is to stay in bed and gulp down some ibuprofen or other pharmaceutical. Sciatica is a symptom of another problem that is pinching or creating pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s not a diagnosed condition itself. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body. It runs down each leg from the lower spine all the way to the feet, providing movement, feeling, and strength to either leg.
These are the most common sciatica symptoms: sharp painful burning sensations or cramping. Sometimes there can be tingling sensations and numbness in different areas of the buttock, leg or foot. The wording is singular because usually sciatica occurs on one side or the other, not in both legs simultaneously.
You should also know that sciatica is most often caused by a herniated or slipped disc. It can also be caused by issues like a spinal injury or infection, degenerative disc disease, pregnancy, spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis and piriformis syndrome.Although there are many conventional treatments for sciatica, they may only ease the pain temporarily. Plus, most steroid injections can cause serious side effects.You can use some home remedies and natural therapies as well to reduce inflammation and pressure on the irritated sciatic nerve. Note: in most cases, the problem goes away with time (around 6 weeks) and rest.
Hot/Cold Compresses – you should know that hot/cold compresses can help relieve sciatica pain and inflammation. Heat treatment relaxes tense muscles that may be compressing the sciatic nerve. While cold treatment reduces swelling around the nerve and also numbs the pain. But, you can also alternate heat and cold, starting with the hot compress and ending with the cold compress. When using heat, use moist heat like a steamed towel as it is more effective. Here’s what you need to do – you just have to place a hot or cold pack on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. Note: do this every few hours until you get relief.
Arnica – you should apply it on the affected area, where you feel pain.
Bark – you should also know that white willow bark can also be used for long-lasting pain relief. It contains phenolic glycosides with allicin, providing anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits. Here’s what you need to do – add 50 grams of bark in 1 liter of water and leave it overnight. Then, the next day, you need to boil it for 15 minutes. Leave it until it’s cool enough and then you need to pour it in a glass container. You should drink 3 cups of this drink, every day.
Turmeric – first, you should know that turmeric is another effective natural remedy for sciatica because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains a compound called curcumin that helps reduce nerve pain and inflammation. Here’s what you need to do – it’s very simple, you just have to add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to 1 cup of milk. You can also add a small cinnamon stick. Boil the solution. Sweeten this healthy drink with honey and drink it once or twice daily until you see improvement.Turmeric is not good for those taking blood thinners or diabetes medications. Those suffering from gallstones should also avoid it.
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