Sciatica is tenderness and pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve, typically showing up on one side of the body. There are two sciatic nerves—one for each leg. These are the longest nerves in the human body. Each originates from several nerve roots that exit from the spinal cord, then thread through apertures in your sacrum and merge to form the main body of the sciatic nerve. Looking at the scenario of sciatica, let us know it’s symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments, and most effective free Siddha energy remedies of Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System, which are self-learned and self-practiced unique methods.
Sciatica is a medical condition characterized by pain going down the leg from the lower back. This pain may go down the back, outside, or front of the leg. Onset is often sudden following activities like heavy lifting, though gradual onset may also occur.
The pain is often described as shooting. Depending on how it is defined, less than 1% to 40% of people have sciatica at some point in time. Sciatica is most common during people’s 40s and 50s and men are more frequently affected than women.
About 90% of sciatica is due to a spinal disc herniation pressing on one of the lumbar or sacral nerve roots. Spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, pelvic tumors, and pregnancy are other possible causes of sciatica.
The term “sciatica” usually describes a symptom—pain along the sciatic nerve pathway-rather than a specific condition, illness, or disease. Some use it to mean any pain starting in the lower back and going down the leg. Others use the term as a diagnosis (i.e. an indication of cause and effect) for nerve dysfunction caused by compression of one or more lumbar or sacral nerve roots from a spinal disc herniation.
Pain typically occurs in the distribution of a dermatome and goes below the knee to the foot. It may be associated with neurological dysfunction, such as weakness and numbness. The pain is characteristically described as shooting or shock-like, quickly traveling along the course of the affected nerves.
Following are the sciatica symptoms:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
- Hip pain
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- Constant pain on one side of the rear
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Sciatica risk factors
Modifiable risk factors for sciatica include:
- Lower socioeconomic status
Non-modifiable risk factors include:
- Increasing age
- Being male
- Having a personal history of lower back pain
Spinal disc herniation
Spinal disc herniation pressing on one of the lumbar or sacral nerve roots is the most frequent cause of sciatica, being present in about 90% of cases. Disc herniation most often occurs during heavy lifting.
Sciatica caused by pressure from a disc herniation and swelling of surrounding tissue can spontaneously subside if the tear in the disc heals and the pulposus extrusion and inflammation cease.
Other compressive spinal causes include lumbar spinal stenosis, a condition in which the spinal canal, the space the spinal cord runs through, narrows and compresses the spinal cord, cauda equina, or sciatic nerve roots.
This narrowing can be caused by bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, inflammation, or a herniated disc, which decreases available space for the spinal cord, thus pinching and irritating nerves from the spinal cord that become the sciatic nerve.
Sciatic pain due to spinal stenosis is most commonly brought on by standing, walking, or sitting for extended periods of time. However, pain can arise with any position or activity in severe cases. The pain is most commonly relieved by rest.
Syndrome of Piriformis (PS) is a controversial condition that, depending on the analysis, varies from a “very rare” cause to contributing up to 8% of lower back pain or buttock pain.
PS has colloquially been referred to as ‘wallet sciatica’ since a wallet carried in a rear hip pocket compresses the buttock muscles and sciatic nerve when the wearer sits down.
It may be suspected as a cause of sciatica when the spinal nerve roots contributing to the sciatic nerve are normal and no herniation of a spinal disc is apparent.
Sciatica during pregnancy
Sciatica may also occur during pregnancy, especially during later stages, as a result of the weight of the fetus pressing on the sciatic nerve during sitting or during leg spasms. There is no standard treatment for pregnancy-induced sciatica.
Sciatica can also be caused by tumors impinging on the spinal cord or the nerve roots. Severe back pain extending to the hips and feet, loss of bladder or bowel control, or muscle weakness may result from spinal tumors or cauda equina syndrome.
Trauma to the spine, such as from a car accident or hard fall onto the heel or buttocks, may also lead to sciatica.
Sciatica is typically diagnosed by physical examination and the history of the symptoms. Generally, if a person reports the typical radiating pain in one leg as well as one or more neurological indications of nerve root tension or neurological deficit, sciatica can be diagnosed.
The most applied diagnostic test is the straight leg raise to produce Lasègue’s sign, which is considered positive if a pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve is reproduced with passive flexion of the straight leg between 30 and 70 degrees.
While this test is positive in about 90% of people with sciatica, approximately 75% of people with a positive test do not have sciatica. Straight raising the leg unaffected by sciatica may produce sciatica in the leg on the affected side; this is known as the Fajersztajn sign.
The presence of the Fajersztajn sign is a more specific finding for a herniated disc than Lasègue’s sign. Maneuvers that increase intraspinal pressure, such as coughing, flexion of the neck, and bilateral compression of the jugular veins, may worsen sciatica.
Imaging modalities such as computerized tomography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help with the diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation. The utility of MR neurography in the diagnosis of piriformis syndrome is controversial.
Discography could be considered to determine a specific disc’s role in an individual’s pain. Discography involves the insertion of a needle into a disc to determine the pressure of disc space.
Radiocontrast is then injected into the disc space to assess for visual changes that may indicate an anatomic abnormality of the disc. The reproduction of an individual’s pain during discography is also diagnostic.
There is no one medication regimen used to treat sciatica. Evidence supporting the use of opioids and muscle relaxants is poor. Low-quality evidence indicates that NSAIDs do not appear to improve immediate pain and all NSAIDs appear about equivalent in their ability to relieve sciatica.
Nevertheless, NSAIDs are commonly recommended as a first-line treatment for sciatica. In those with sciatica due to piriformis syndrome, botulinum toxin injections may improve pain and function.
While there is little evidence supporting the use of epidural or systemic steroids, systemic steroids may be offered to individuals with confirmed disc herniation if there is a contraindication to NSAID use.
Low-quality evidence supports the use of gabapentin for acute pain relief in those with chronic sciatica. Anticonvulsants and biologics have not been shown to improve acute or chronic sciatica.
Antidepressants have demonstrated some efficacy in treating chronic sciatica and may be offered to individuals who are not amenable to NSAIDs or who have failed NSAID therapy.
If sciatica is caused by a herniated disc, the disc’s partial or complete removal, known as a discectomy, has tentative evidence of benefit in the short term. If the cause is spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis, surgery appears to provide pain relief for up to two years.
Try these five exercises to help ease sciatic pain in pregnancy:
Seated piriformis stretch
The piriformis muscle is deep in the buttocks. When tight, it can irritate the sciatic nerve. This stretch will help relieve tightness in the muscle. This can help decrease sciatic pain.
- Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground.
- If your left side is affected, put your left ankle on your right knee.
- Keeping a straight back, lean forward until you feel a stretch through your buttocks.
- Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat throughout the day.
This feels great during pregnancy. It helps stretch the muscles of the back, buttocks, and the back of the legs.
- Stand facing a table with your feet slightly wider than your hips.
- Lean forward with your hands on the table. Keep your arms straight and your back flat.
- Pull your hips away from the table until you feel a nice stretch in the lower back and back of the legs.
- You can also move your hips side to side to increase the stretch in the lower back and hips.
- Hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Repeat twice a day.
This popular yoga pose helps relieve sciatica pain during pregnancy. With a few small changes, it can be practiced comfortably while pregnant.
- Get on your hands and knees on the floor.
- Slide your right knee forward so it’s between your hands.
- Slide your left leg back, keeping your foot on the floor.
- Place the rolled towel or a yoga block under your right hip. This will make the stretch easier and allow room for your belly.
- Lean forward over your right leg. Slowly lower yourself toward the ground, putting a pillow under your head and arms for support.
- Hold for 1 minute. Repeat on another side. Repeat a few times throughout the day.
Hip flexor stretch
The hip flexors are the muscles along the front of the hip that help move the leg forward during movements like walking. Many women have tight hip flexors during pregnancy. This can affect pelvic alignment and posture, causing pain.
- Kneel on the floor on your hands and knees
- Step one foot in front of you so that your hip and knee are at a 90-degree angle
- Shift your weight forward until you feel a stretch in the front of your back hip and leg
- Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on another side
Glute and hamstring foam rolling
A foam roller is an inexpensive piece of equipment you can use to help massage your muscles. Foam rolling is a great way to soothe and relax tight muscles that may be contributing to increased pain. The roller acts as a mini massage for tight muscles and connective tissue.
- Place a foam roller on the ground
- Sit on the foam roller, supporting yourself with your hands behind you
- Cross one foot over the other knee into a “figure 4” position
- Slowly move your body back and forth over the foam roller until you find a tender spot
- Continue this movement over the sore area for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Slowly move over the foam roller until you find another tender area. As in step 5, continue over the area for 30 to 60 seconds
- Repeat on the other side
Sciatic pain in pregnancy can be painful and frustrating. Stretching can improve sciatic pain by decreasing muscle tension and increasing movement in the hips, lower back, and legs. Sciatic pain may become worse if you sit or stand for long periods of time. So be sure to switch your positions throughout the day.
Listen to your body and stop activities that cause sciatic pain to get worse. Always talk to your doctor before you start exercising. If you have any symptoms like dizziness, headaches, or bleeding, stop exercising and get medical help.
Sciatica and Stem Cell Therapy
Disc herniation, disc protrusion, overgrowth of the facet joint and thickening of the ligaments can result in nerve root compression or irritation. Non-surgical treatments to date have included x-ray guided epidural injections of local anesthetics and steroids.
At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic, Regenexx PL is used as an alternative to conventional epidural steroid injections. A patient’s own platelet-derived growth factors are injected into the epidural space with the aim of increasing blood flow thereby stopping and potentially reversing the degenerative process. Enhanced blood flow to a given area increases the number of nutrients and optimizes healthy environment.
TA is an athletic patient with a 6-month history of severe right leg pain which was progressive in nature, originating in her right lower back with radiations into her big toe. She described it as a ‘sharp knife’ in her foot. Oral narcotics and muscle relaxants did not relieve her pain.
She underwent three x-rays guided injections of Regenexx PL and reports 90% relief. The ‘knife-like’ leg pain had gone and she has returned to her passion.
Also, please find out more about Stem Cell here.
Sciatica & Free Siddha Emergy Remedies
1. Siddha preventive measures for sciatica
Everybody must practice Siddha preventive measures, whether affected with sciatica or not, but they are the primary steps for switching on to any other Siddha energy remedies, and hence they are important. It helps in one’s capability, effectiveness, and productivity, decision making power, intellectuality and removing minor health problems. There are three types of preventive measures:
- Earthing – performed for earthing the negativity of our body
- Field Cleaning – cleans energy field (Aura) of our body
- Siddha Brain Exercise/Energizing – energizes our brain for proper functionality
Everybody’s tendency is to get attracted toward the word ‘free‘, however, don’t neglect even these Siddha preventive measures are free. Avail the benefits by practicing them sincerely, and regularly. For the ease of understanding Siddha preventive measures, please watch a video for a live demonstration.
2. Siddha Shaktidata Yog for sciatica
This unique Siddha Shaktidata Yog of Siddha Spirituality can solve the problems related to sciatica with free Siddha energy remedies. There is no compulsion of training of ‘Swami Hardas Life System’ methods. This not only gives benefits to self but also it can be used for other affected persons, whether a person is in the same house, distantly available in the same city, same nation or maybe in any corner of the world, however, both the procedures have been explained here.
3. Siddha Kalyan Sadhana for sciatica
Recite this Sadhana with a Sankalp “My problems of sciatica are solved as early as possible and I should gain health”, which should be repeated in mind 3 – 3 times every after each stanza. Any person irrespective of caste, creed, religion, faith, sex, and age can recite this Sadhana for free, which should be repeated at least twice in a day. To know more, please click on this link.
4. CCPE products for sciatica
These products work on the concepts of ‘Conceptual Creative Positive Energy’ (CCPE) within the provisions of ‘CCPE Life System’ and the theory of Quantum Technology to a certain extent. However, the products get activated only whenever touched by a human and then they become capable of solving the problem and achieving health. However, please use these products for solving problems of any type of arthritis as mentioned below:
- CCPE Extractor: The CCPE Extractor should be gently moved over the Agya Chakra in a circular motion at least for 30 to 60 seconds, thereafter, follow the same process on the lower back for another 30 to 60 seconds, which will convert negativity into positivity. This is how the process finishes within almost 2 minutes.
- CCPE Booster: Keep one Booster over the Agya Chakra and another one each over the lower back for 3 – 5 minutes. You may need to have 2 Boosters and the process would finish within almost 3 – 5 minutes, which establishes positivity. This is how the process finishes within almost 5 minutes.
- CCPE Booster powder: Add a pinch of CCPE Booster powder in a bucket of warm water. Take bath regularly in the morning for the relief from the problems. Make a paste of CCPE Booster by mixing a few drops of water, and apply on affected part e.g. from the spinal cord to leg.
In view of the above, I am confident that you have learned about sciatica, sciatica pain, meaning, symptoms, causes, risk factors, diagnosis, sciatica exercises, stem cell therapy, and also learned some of the treatments and free Siddha energy remedies. Now, you have become self-sufficient. Hence its right time to use your acquired knowledge for solving related problems as per the provision available in Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System.
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