The commonest symptom of sciatica is a pain on one side of your body, it can be an ache or a sharp pain, sometimes you can’t really describe it, it’s just there. Sometimes it’s quite severe, sometimes it’s not. You might find that you just can’t get out of bed or stand for a long time, what you have is quite annoying.
The first step is to try and identify where the pain is coming from. You can sometimes get this from a disc bulge or a disc tear or a disc herniation, which is the rupture of a disc or a rupture of one of the gel-like discs in the center of the disc, which is the middle part of the disc. But the typical symptom is coming from a bulge or a tear in the outer part of the disc.
These tears in the outer part of the disc can occur anywhere in the spine, anywhere in the back. It can be on one side or the other. The typical location of the pain is where the bulge or rupture is, and this is what allows the joint to move or move the leg or arms.
Now that you know where it’s coming from, it’s time to identify what you can do about it. If you’ve had a disc herniation, the main thing to do is try and reduce the pressure on the nerve. This is going to be achieved in a number of ways.
I’ve already mentioned the standard medical therapy, injections, physical therapy, chiropractic, exercise, anti-inflammatory drugs and other treatments. You might also consider acupuncture or have surgery to stop nerve being pinched. All of these will try and reduce the pressure on the nerve, but it won’t be 100%, it won’t be overnight, but it will reduce it significantly.
There are other treatments that I won’t recommend because I’ve had bad results with them, but I will give you two that I’ve had good results with. The first is spinal decompression. This is where you lay on your back and your spine is taken apart, the gel-like part of the disc is extracted and then put back into place. It’s a relatively new treatment and it’s now been shown that it helps with this pain. It’s not a long term treatment, in the short term you’re probably going to be hurting badly, but over the long term it will start to take away the pain. If you do the trial you might feel like this in the beginning.
The second is biofeedback. If you’re doing a lot of biofeedback it will seem like your nerve is getting pinched, the area of the brain that controls pain is getting pinched. Once you can identify the area of the pain that is getting pinched you can train your body to release that area, so your body knows it’s not hurting. As your body gets used to the area being un-pinching your pain will start to decrease. But, the main thing to do is identify the nerves that are being pinched and then reduce the pressure.