SCIATICA OR SCIATIC BACK PAIN

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DEFINITION:

Sciatic is a specific type of pain that may include one or more of the following: back pain, low back pain, leg pain, buttock pain and/or foot pain. In its true sense, sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve, which exits from the L4, L5 or S1, S2, S3 nerve roots and continues its pathway into the buttock, the back part of the upper leg, and into the back of the knee, then splits and continues to the foot.

Sciatic pain is most often described as a sharp or shooting pain, and sometimes even as a knife being stuck into the buttock with pain shooting down the leg; however sciatic pain may also simply be a dull ache or throbbing in these areas.

 

CAUSES:

The causes of sciatic pain are varied, and include both chronic and acute conditions. Herniated discs; spinal stenosis; arthritis; injuries due to slips, falls, lifting, sports "weekend warrior activities" and other actions; car accidents; muscle spasms; pregnancy; postural deformities; and almost anything that can aggravate the lower body/trunk, and/or press against or irritate this nerve.

Hip pain, back pain, lower back pain, sciatica, and knee pain can also be interrelated, and therefore are often co-managed. Please check the information in those other sections, to see if they fit your needs. If you purchase a basic package from one section, but find other individual items, in another section, that would help you, they can be purchased individually as well.

 

TREATMENTS:

Although there are many treatments for sciatica, according to many sufferers, acupuncture, chiropractic care, injections, physical therapy, exercise, yoga, and vitamins, even some home remedies such as careful stretching, and ice/heat are the options that work. The best solution we have found for our patients is a hybrid of several of the above, used together with products we have researched and used in our practice for many years. General disclaimer - Always seek medical consultation, especially for pain that does not resolve with our treatments.

 

Dr. Kim's View

Although there are various reasons for sciatica, it's been my experience as a health care professional and after seeing the results with my patients, that a combination of the following products can often be used to treat such pain, and solve many of it's causes. Each item in these packages addresses a different aspect of Sciatica, which most often it is truly a combination of several of the underlying causes outlined above.
I want you to be aware that many patients may require from six weeks to begin to see results, and up to one year to lasting results from these products and new habits, although you may feel results sooner. That time frame depends on your age, your overall health, and the amount of the injury and pain. Practice makes perfect, practice with the items in your package every day, just like you brush your teeth; prevention goes a long way towards a cure. You know, a pain problem may have started with an incident many years ago, and your body has been used to accommodating it, so it can take some time to work things out and get back to normal. With that said, if you don't see some improvement after six weeks, you may wish to see your chosen health care professional to be sure there is not an underlying illness, or other health issue at work. Also if your pain increases or gets progressively worse, please stop our program and seek further care.
Your mom's advice about sitting up and not slouching, was right; those habits take a toll on your spine and joints over time. While simply sitting up straight will not cure a problem, it will certainly help many of your neck and back pain issues. 
When pain is chronic, and finally gets to a point where you are ready to DO something, it can take time to heal. It may have taken many years to get to this point of causing pain. But patient work with the products we have selected can really help over the long term. It's like giving your body a coach. If you keep going to a tennis coach, your skills will improve over time; it is the same with treatment of pain. Practice with these products will most often lead to a lessening of pain and improvement of mobility and range of motion in your daily life. As long as you continue to see improvement, keep going.