Oxygen Ozone Treatment for Herniated Discs (PLID) or Spinal disc herniation, also known as a slipped disc, is a medical condiervertibral dissection affecting the spine in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings.
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Sciatica is a symptom frequently associated with a lumbar herniated disc. Pressure on one or several nerves that contribute to the sciatic nerve can cause pain, burning, tingling, and numbness that extends from the buttock into the leg and sometimes into the foot. Usually one side (left or right) is affected.
Anatomy: Normal Lumbar Intervertebral Disc
First, a brief overview of spinal anatomy so that you can better understand how a lumbar herniated disc can cause lower back pain and leg pain.
- In between each of the 5 lumbar vertebrae (bones) is a disc—a tough fibrous shock-absorbing pad. Endplates line the ends of each vertebra and help hold individual discs in place. Every disc has a tire-like outer band (annulus fibrosus) that encases a gel-like substance (nucleus pulposus).
- Disc herniation occurs when the annulus fibrous breaks open or cracks, allowing the nucleus pulposus to escape. This is called a herniated nucleus pulposus or herniated disc, although you may have also heard it called a ruptured disc or a bulging disc.
- When a disc herniates, it can press on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. All along your spine, nerves are branching off from the spinal cord and travelling to various parts of your body (to help you feel and move). The nerves pass through small passageways between the vertebrae and discs, so if a herniated disc presses into that passageway, it can compress (or “pinch”) the nerve. That can lead to the pain associated with herniated discs.
(In the illustration below, you can see a close-up look at a herniated disc pressing on a spinal nerve.)
This article on lumbar herniated discs will cover the symptoms, causes, and (most importantly) treatments.
Anatomy of Spine
Complete intervertebral disc anatomy and biomechanics
- composed of type I collagen, water, and proteoglycans
- characterized by extensibility and tensile strength -high collagen / low proteoglycan ratio (low % dry weight of proteoglycans)
- composed of type II collagen, water, and proteoglycans
- characterized by compressibility low collagen / high proteoglycan ratio (high % dry weight of proteoglycans) , proteoglycans interact with water and resist compression,a hydrated gel due to high polysacharide content and high water content (88%)
Nerve root anatomy
- key difference between cervical and lumbar spine is pedicle/nerve root mismatch cervical spine C6 nerve root travels under C5 pedicle (mismatch)lumbar spine L5 nerve root travels under L5 pedicle (match)extra C8 nerve root (no C8 pedicle) allows transition horizontal (cervical) vs. vertical (lumbar) anatomy of nerve root because of vertical anatomy of lumbar nerve root a paracentral and foraminal disc will affect different nerve roots because of horizontal anatomy of cervical nerve root a central and foraminal disc will affect the same nerve root
- central prolapse often associated with back pain only may present with cauda equina syndrome which is a surgical emergency
- posterolateral (paracentral) most common (90-95%), PLL is weakest here affects the traversing/descending/lower nerve rootat L4/5 affects L5 nerve root foraminal (far lateral, extraforaminal) less common (5-10%) affects exiting/upper nerve root at L4/5 affects L4 nerve root
- axillary can affect both exiting and descending nerve roots
- protrusion eccentric bulging with an intact annulus
- extrusion disc material herniates through annulus but remains continuous with disc space sequestered fragment (free) disc material herniates through annulus and is no longer continuous with disc space
- can present with symptoms of axial back pain (low back pain) this may be discogenic or mechanical in nature radicular pain (buttock and leg pain)often worse with sitting, improves with standing, symptoms worsened by coughing, valsalva, sneezing
- cauda equina syndrome (present in 1-10%) bilateral leg pain, LE weakness, saddle anesthesia, bowel/bladder symptoms
- see lower extremity neuro exam
- motor exam, ankle dorsiflexion (L4 or L5), test by having a patient walk on heels, EHL weakness (L5)manual testing. hip abduction weakness (L5), have the patient lie on the side of the exam table and abduct leg against resistance, ankle plantar flexion (S1), have the patient do 10 single leg toes stands
- provocative tests, straight leg raise a tension sign for L5 and S1 nerve root technique sensitivity/specificity can be done sitting or supine reproduces pain and paresthesia in leg at 30-70 degrees hip flexion most important and predictive physical finding for identifying who is a good candidate for surgery, contralateral SLR, crossed straight leg raise is less sensitive but more specific, Lesegue sign, SLR aggravated by forced ankle dorsiflexion
- Bowstring sign, SLR aggravated by compression on popliteal fossa, Kernig test, pain reproduced with neck flexion, hip flexion, and leg extension
- Naffziger test, pain reproduced by coughing, which is instigated by lying patient supine and applying pressure on the neck veins, Milgram test, pain reproduced with straight leg elevation for 30 seconds in the supine position gait analysis, Trendelenburg gait, due to gluteus medius weakness which is innervated by L5
Observation of posture and function
- In standing, her shoulders were shunted to the left side, her back was extended and pelvis anteriorly tilted, and there was visible hyper-tonicity of the lumbar para-spinal muscles.
- This shunted antalgic posture is commonly referred to as a lumbar list. Observation of a lumbar list unfortunately is a test lacking in reliability however, teaches us that if a person presents with an observable postural deformity, they are going to be more challenging to get better. In Sally’s case, she had a contralateral list (shoulders listed to the opposite side of back/leg pain), which is thought to respond more favourably to treatment than an ipsilateral list.
- In my experience antalgic postures are very important to detect because they indicate a protective position; mechanism which the body is adopting (often subconsciously) in the acute phase of injury to protect the injury, and if the antalgic posture is not carefully examined and carefully corrected, it can make the patient a lot worse. This is often seen when a patient comes in to an appointment saying “my back is out of alignment” and when the posture is corrected, instead of being better, they can’t get of the treatment table
Active range of movement
- Lumbar flexion P2 (right-sided low back pain) R`(upper thigh).
- Extension P2 (right buttock and leg pain) R` (vertical).
- Other movements were not assessed day 1 due to severity and irritability.
- Weak single leg calf raise (SLCR) and was only able to perform three assisted raises to 50% range. Gr 5 strength of right leg SLCR x5 repetitions.
- No other myotomal weakness was detected.
- The S1 reflex on the right side was absent, with other lower limb reflexes being preserved.
- No sensory changes were noted.
- The straight leg raise test (SLR) was positive in reproducing Sally’s posterior thigh pain and limited at 20 degrees on the right side.
- Her left SLR was limited by hamstring tightness at 50 degrees.
The research suggests the SLR a reliable re-assessment asterisks for patient progress. It has been show to be 91% sensitivity and 26% specificity in detecting lumbar disc pathology (Jensen, et al., 1994). Deville et al. (2012) found that more than a 11 degree discrepancy in hip flexion range between sides was a clinically significant result. Compared to MRI, the SLR test has poor diagnostic accuracy, and therefore is often used in conjunction with such imaging.
Location of Pain and Motor Deficits in Association with Nerve Root Involvement at Each Lumbar Disc Level
|DISC LEVEL||LOCATION OF PAIN||MOTOR DEFICIT|
Pain in inguinal region and medial thigh
Pain in anterior and medial aspect of upper thigh
Slight weakness in quadriceps; slightly diminished suprapatellar reflex
Pain in anterolateral thigh
Weakened quadriceps; diminished patellar or suprapatellar reflex
Pain in posterolateral thigh and anterior tibial area
Weakened quadriceps; diminished patellar reflex
Pain in dorsum of foot
Extensor weakness of big toe and foot
Pain in lateral aspect of foot
Diminished or absent Achilles reflex
- Palpation was conducted in the left side lying position with pressure applied only to the onset of pain (P1).
- The presence of generalised hyperalgesia made it difficult to establish a comparable finding day
Symptoms of lumbar disk disease
The symptoms of lumbar disk disease vary depending on where the disk has herniated, and what nerve root it is pushing on. The following are the most common symptoms of lumbar disk disease. However, each individual may experience different symptoms. Symptoms may include:
- Intermittent or continuous back pain. This may be made worse by movement, coughing, sneezing, or standing for long periods of time.
- Spasm of the back muscles
- Sciatica. Pain that starts near the back or buttock and travels down the leg to the calf or into the foot.
- Muscle weakness in the legs
- Numbness in the leg or foot
- Decreased reflexes at the knee or ankle
- Changes in bladder or bowel function
The symptoms of lumbar disk disease may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
How a Disc Herniates
According to the position of spine disc herniations are 3 types
A herniation may develop suddenly or gradually over weeks or months. The 4 stages to a herniated disc are:
- Disc Degeneration or Bulsing Disc – Chemical changes associated with aging causes discs to weaken, but without a herniation.
- Prolapse – The form or position of the disc changes with some slight impingement into the spinal canal and/or spinal nerves. This stage is also called a bulging disc or a protruding disc.
- Extrusion – The gel-like nucleus pulposus breaks through the tire-like wall (annulus fibrosus) but remains within the disc.
- Sequestration or Sequestered Disc – The nucleus pulposus breaks through the annulus fibrosus and can then go outside the intervertebral disc.
Treatment Harniated Disc
Specific treatment for lumbar disk disease will be determined by your health care provider based on
- Your age, overall health, and medical history
- Extent of the condition
- Type of condition
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the condition
- Your opinion or preference
Typically, conservative therapy is the first line of treatment to manage lumbar disk disease. This may include a combination of the following:
- Bed rest
- Patient education on proper body mechanics (to help decrease the chance of worsening pain or damage to the disk)
- Physical therapy, which may include ultrasound, massage, conditioning, and exercise
- Weight control
- Use of a lumbosacral back support
- Analgesics: Prescription-strength drugs that relieve pain but not inflammation.
- Antidepressants: A Drugs that block pain messages from your brain and boost the effects of eorphins (your body’s natural painkillers).
- Corticosteroids: Also known as oral steroids, these medications reduce inflammation.
- Muscle Relaxants: These medications provide relief from spinal muscle spasms.
- Neuropathic Agents: Drugs(pregabalin & gabapentine) that address neuropathic—or nerve-related—pain. This includes burning, numbness, and tingling.
- Opoids : Also known as narcotics, these medications are intense pain relievers that should only be used under a doctor’s careful supervision.
- Topical Medications: These prescription-strength creams, gels, ointments, patches, and sprays help relieve pain and inflammation through the skin.
- NSAIDs: Prescription-strength drugs that reduce both pain and inflammation.Pain medicines and anti-inflammatory drugs help to relieve pain and stiffness, allowing for increased mobility and exercise. There are many common over-the-counter medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve).
- Calcium & vitamin D3, to improve bones health and healing fracture.
- Glucosamaine & diacerine ,can be used to tightening the loose tenson and regenerate cartilage or inhabit the further degeneration of cartilage.
- Corticosteroid to healing the nerve inflamation and clotted blood in the joints.
- Diatery suppliment to remove the general weakness & improved the health.
For the many people suffering from herniated discs, surgery is a rare treatment option. However, that doesn’t diminish the significant pain that often accompanies the condition. While an epidural steroid injection is a standard non-surgical treatment option, it poses safety concerns. Fortunately, a newer therapy shows promise to become the future of conservative herniated disc care—oxygen-ozone injections.
Oxygen-Ozone Therapy: An Alternative to Injections and Spine Surgery?
Oxygen-ozone therapy for herniated discs has gained traction in Europe and Asia since it was first introduced in the 1980s. Current research on oxygen-ozone therapy shows that 65% to 80% of patients have reduced herniated disc symptoms after the treatment. Moreover—and arguably as important as the success rate—patients experience few complications with oxygen-ozone therapy.
Spine researchers are taking a closer look at the healing potential of oxygen-ozone therapy, and many are discovering that it boasts the same—if not better—results than established treatments like epidural steroid injections and surgical discectomy.
In 2009, Dr. Kieran Murphy presented his team’s findings on oxygen-ozone treatment, noting that patients receiving oxygen-ozone treatment experienced similar outcomes, as far as pain and function, as patients who had a discectomy. The research also showed that the complication rate and recovery time were lower with oxygen-ozone injections compared with traditional surgical techniques.
A study published in 2014 examined the long-term effectiveness of oxygen-ozone therapy by reaching out to patients 10 years after their initial therapy. The authors concluded that oxygen-ozone injections are safe and effective in approximately 75% of patients who have herniated discs—and the benefit lasts through 10 years. The authors went on to say that the therapy is worth exploring before considering surgery.
How Oxygen-Ozone Treatment Works
Oxygen-ozone gas is given via an injection into the herniated disc. A needle delivers the treatment directly to the disc, and it reduces the volume within the disc. This is due to the oxidation of proteoglycans, which are proteins found within the gel-like center of the disc (called the nucleus pulposus). When your disc volume is reduced, the pressure on nerves is also reduced. This, in turn, lowers the amount of pain you feel.
Benefits of Oxygen-Ozone Treatment
Besides a shorter recovery time and lower complication rate than surgery, other benefits of oxygen-ozone injections include:
- It is minimally invasive.
- It is an outpatient procedure.
- It takes little time to administer.
- It costs much less than surgery.
- It is a pain-free procedure.
Why Isn’t Oxygen-Ozone Therapy Available in America?
With clinical studies showing that oxygen-ozone injections are a low-risk and high-reward herniated disc treatment, you may wonder why they aren’t readily available in the United States.
Oxygen-ozone treatment is less prevalent in the United States because some in the medical community believe more research needs to be done to determine the long-term effectiveness and safety of oxygen-ozone injections.
In fact, many clinicians and researchers are skeptical of oxygen-ozone injections in part because such a large percentage of patients with herniated discs heal on their own. Therefore, it’s difficult to determine if the patients are healing because of the injections—or they’re simply getting better on their own.
An Important Note
Oxygen-ozone treatment is not suitable for everyone. If you have paralysis of the legs, an uncontrolled bladder, calcified discs, or spinal cord compression, then surgery is a better option.
While it remains to be seen whether oxygen-ozone injections will become a universal treatment of choice for herniated discs, one thing is for certain: Having clear and open discussions with your doctor will help you achieve the right treatment, right now. Your doctor will help you determine if oxygen-ozone injections—or any other type of treatment—will help relieve your herniated disc pain.
Suffering from harniated disc, you may feel a pain that goes along the path of the sciatic nerve that branches from your lower back, your hips, and buttocks to each leg. However, sciatica pain can influence in one side of your body. Sciatica will happen when a herniated spine compresses part of your nerve. As a result, it will cause pain, inflammation and numbness in your affected legs and even in your toes. Factors, including age, obesity, occupation, prolonged sitting, diabetes may increase the risk of developing sciatica pain.
Hot Or Cold Compress
It is said that using hot or cold compress is the first tip on how to treat sciatica pain and inflammation. Tense muscles may compress the sciatic nerve; as a result, it can cause sciatica pain. Heat temperature may help you to find the significant relief because it will relax the tense muscles. Cold treatment is also effective in easing swelling around the nerve and numbing the pain. You can alternate heat and cold treatment. Specifically, start the hot compress and then apply the cold compress. If you want to use heat treatment, it will be a great idea to use moist heat like taking a steamed towel. You should apply a cold or hot pack on your affected areas and hold it for 15 to 20 minutes.
Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory properties; therefore, it should be considered as one of effective home remedies for sciatica. Moreover, it contains curcumin, a compound that helps to reduce inflammation and nerve pain. In order to treat sciatica with turmeric, you should add one teaspoon of turmeric into one cup of milk. If you want, you can put a small cinnamon stick into it. After that, boil the solution. When it finishes, turn of the heat and add a little of honey to make it sweet. It is recommended drinking this solution once or twice daily for a few weeks in order to see the significant improvement.
Asking for home remedies for sciatica pain, you should not ignore massage treatment. Massage therapy will be effective in relieving the pain caused by a muscle spasm. Moreover, it will help your body to relax, release tension, boost blood circulation and stimulate the range of motion.
You should massage your affected lower back and legs with St John’s wort oil twice or three times daily until you get the significant result. St John’s wort contains anti-inflammatory properties; therefore, it can help you to relieve inflammation and sciatica pain.
Using valerian as one of effective home remedies for sciatica will help you to relieve the pain and relax your muscles. Valerian is effective in treating sciatica pain associated with a muscle spasm. The possible reason may be that this herb contains volatile oil which is effective in relaxing your muscles and easing the tension. Moreover, patients with sleep deprivation also use valerian as their excellent solution.
Capsaicin which is the active ingredient in cayenne peppers can work as the effective pain relief. Capsaicin plays the important role in weakening the levels of a neurotransmitter known as substance P that transmits pain signals.
Therefore, patients who get diagnosed with sciatica can buy an ointment or cream containing 0.025% to 0.075% capsaicin..
A poultice made from fenugreek seeds may help you to ease sciatica pain. The possible reason may be that fenugreek seeks contain anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, fenugreek seeds are also considered as an effective treatment for gout pain and rheumatoid arthritis.
White Willow Bark
White Willow Bark can be used for sciatica pain and this remedy has long lasting result. This is because white willow bark contains salicin and phenolic glycosides, which can give you analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits. Patients with sciatica pain should take a white willow bark containing 120 or 240 mg salicin every day for a few weeks. However, you should consult a doctor first before using white willow bark as one of home remedies for sciatica pain. Ask your doctor about possible side effects.
Chiropractic care is increasingly considered as a natural treatment for back and neck pain. Chiropractic spinal manipulation with different techniques such as rapid, short thrusts is effective in alleviating nerve irritation, inflammation and other symptoms related to sciatica. According to a study published in 2015 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 60 percent of the study participants who suffer from sciatica recover well to the same degree as patients with sciatica take a surgical intervention. Because the techniques and methods used in chiropractic spinal manipulation vary from individual to individual and depend on the exact cause of sciatica pain, you should consult the doctor first and ask him for proper treatment.
Acupuncture is one of effective home remedies for sciatica pain which can help to ease severe pain, heal your body and relax your tense muscles. When we stimulate certain acupuncture points, we also stimulate the central nervous system. Hence, chemicals release. As a result, the perception of pain will alter and a sense of relief is produced. In warmed acupuncture, several heated needles are used to improve sciatica pain. A study published in 2009 in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine showed the effectiveness of warmed acupuncture in treating sciatica pain. It showed that 17 patients in 30 participants recover completely from sciatica after taking acupuncture therapy. But if you want to do acupuncture therapy, you should always seek for an experienced and skilled acupuncturist
Tennis Ball Therapy
Tennis ball therapy involves different techniques of acupressure, massage, and reflexology which can help you to relieve muscle tension and sore muscles. As one of home remedies for sciatica pain, tennis ball is effective in treating the piriformis muscle located close to the sciatica nerve. This muscle can make the sciatica nerve press against the tendons, which causes buttock and leg pain. The tennis ball therapy will treat certain points in the piriformis muscle; as a result, it helps to ease the muscle tension and rigidity. Moreover, the tennis ball will improve the blood circulation to this area and boost the mobility.
Epsom Salt Bath
Asking for home remedies for sciatica pain, you should not ignore Epsom salt bath. Epsom salt which is available in any local drug store is effective in relaxing the nervous system and flush toxins out of your body. In order to use Epsom salt to treat sciatica, you just need to add 2 cups of Epsom salt into a bath filled with hot water. Patients with sciatica are recommended soaking the Epsom salt bath for about 15 – 20 minutes. Heat temperature of this bath will help you increase blood circulation and ease inflammation.
Sleep is an important thing for the recovery process. For patients with sciatica, they need extra good quality sleep in order to restore the balance of their body. Sleep will help to relax your muscle, rebuild your nerve, balance the temperature and make sure that your body parts perform their optimal roles. It is recommended sleeping in a dark room with no artificial light in order to provide your body the purest relax.
When you suffer from sciatica, you should drink enough water to lubricate and hydrate your body. Water is the great choice if you want to reduce inflammation and nourish the nerves. However, tea made from these herbs such as linden flower, milk oat tops, lemon balm, and licorice root and so on will also nourish your body and help you to find the significant relief from sciatica pain. It is recommended drinking enough 8 glasses of water per day.
It is said that deep breathing can help you to bring oxygen to every cell in your body. Deep belly breathing is considered as a powerful and simple tool will help you ease sciatica pain.
Jamaican dogwood, which comes from the bark of dogwood tree is curative powerful substance for nerve pain. In order to treat sciatica, you can take Jamaican dogwood supplement or apply Jamaican dogwood tincture on your affected areas. Before taking its supplement, you should consult a doctor before and ask them about possible unwanted side effects. Pregnant women or breastfeeding moms should avoid using Jamaican dogwood to treat sciatica pain.
Like turmeric, garlic contains anti-inflammatory properties; therefore, it should be considered as one of effective home remedies for sciatica pain. You can take garlic supplement or include garlic in your dietary dishes. It is recommended chewing four raw cloves every morning in order to get significant relief from pain.
Grapes are the common citrus fruit which can be used for various health purposes. Because grapes have anti-inflammatory properties, it can be considered as one of effective home remedies for sciatica pain. It is recommended consuming anti-inflammatory fruits like grapes to reduce inflammation.
Lemon is an available ingredient in every kitchen. More importantly, lemon is amazingly effective in treating the problem of sciatica. The possible reason may be that lemon has the great source of vitamin C, an anti-inflammatory vitamin, which can ease soreness, swelling and pain. You should increase vitamin C intake by consuming lemon juice on the regular basis. Vitamin C can work well for inflammation as well as sciatica pain subsides.
Take Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw, an herbal supplement, can help patients with sciatica find the relief. This herb can work as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. It is recommended taking a dose of around 1,500 mg daily. No side effects are shown in most cases. However, people who are taking the blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin should avoid this treatment because using devil’s claw together with blood-thinning drugs may cause problems. Therefore, it is still needed to talk to your doctor before making your choice.
Diet For Sciatica
For patients with sciatica, it is important to have a healthy and well-balanced diet which includes complex carbohydrates, fresh vegetables, whole grains and organic animal protein. It is recommended eating healthy foods which are rich in potassium such as oranges, potatoes, bananas, spirulina, oranges, and chlorella. Moreover, a patient with sciatica should also eat more saltwater fish like salmon, flounder, and sardines.
Infrared mats will help you to ease any form of back pain. All things you need to do are plugging in the infrared mats to an electric resource and lying down on your mat. The infrared light will be effective in treating nerve pain and making you relax.
Mix roasted nutmeg powder with a tablespoon of ginger oil. Wait for a few minutes until the mixture cools down. After that, you can apply it on your affected skin areas. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. It is said that if you want to get more satisfactory result, you should repeat this treatment several times a week for a few weeks.
Taking about home remedies for sciatica pain, I would like to mention mustard oil treatment. You should mix 3 tablespoons of mustard oil, carom seeds with three crushed cloves of garlic. Heat this mixture for a few minutes and then allow it cool down. Use your fingertips to massage the affected areas with this mixture gently. Repeat this process until you find the significant relief.
All the parts of elderberry such as leaves, fruits or flowers can be used for many uses. Thanks to their muscle relaxing properties, elderberry can help to reduce pressure on the ends of affected nerves. If you want to get a better result, you should drink a glass of elderberry juice twice a day.
You should add ½ tablespoon of dried black snakeroots into a cup of boiling water. Cover it and let it steep for about 15 minutes. It is recommended drinking 2 tablespoons of this solution three times daily.
Coumarin, a compound present in celery, contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which are effective in treating sciatica pain. All things you need to do are adding celery leaves and stems into a glass of boiling water. Continue to boil until the water turns green. To get rid of sciatica pain, you should drink 3 cups of celery tea every day.
As one of effective home remedies for sciatica, drinking a mixture of dong quai and water will cure the pain in a natural way.
Firstly, you should grate one potato and then extract its juice. Make potato juice with sufficient carrot juice. Drinking this solution twice a day will help you to reduce irritation and ease the pain in your foot and leg.
Thanks to anti-inflammatory properties, you should massage your affected area with chamomile oil. For better result, you should repeat this treatment several times a week for a few weeks.
Besides chamomile oil, massaging your affected areas gently with wintergreen oil is also effective in treating sciatica pain. You can find wintergreen oil available in herbal shops.
Horseradish is also one of effective home remedies for sciatica pain. You just need to mince some horseradish until it becomes a fine past. Warm it a little bit and then massage the affected areas with this paste. Use a clean cloth over the treated area and then wait for 2 hours.
Homeopathic Remedies harniated disc/sciatica
treatment for sciatic will depend on the cause of the nerve damage, so professional help is recommended. Most people rely on pain medication that will provide temporary relief. Surgery is often only needed when bowel or bladder function becomes disturbed, of if chronic nerve pressure and persistent pain fail to be relieved.
Homeopathy can complement your sciatica treatment plan. A study published in the journal Homeopathy in 2012 found that the homeopathic treatment hypericum improved the functional recovery of peripheral nerve regeneration in rats with sciatic nerve damage. For the study, the rats received three oral drops of hypericum 30c twice daily for a week.
For sciatic pain, 30c is the appropriate potency per hour or as needed. In chronic cases, one to three doses should be sufficient. The following are eight other popular sciatica homeopathic remedies often used for sciatic pain relief.
Ammonium muriaticum is often used for chronic sciatica with tearing and shooting into the tips of the toes. The sufferer may also have difficulty straightening the affected leg due to contractions of the hamstring. Heel pain, hip pain, and a lopsided walking style are also common. Symptoms improve from walking stooped, limbering up, lying down, and rubbing the affected area; however, symptoms worsen from sitting, walking erect, resting in bed, or at night.
Magnesia phosphorica will benefit a person showing the traditional sciatica pattern of nerve pain that extends from the low back to the back of the leg and buttocks. The pain can feel cramping, sudden, violent, or neuralgic with sharp, shooting, cutting, or lightning-like pains. Warmth and pressure will often improve symptoms.
Colocynthis is another classic sciatica remedy, especially when sciatica is left-sided, and pain improves from hard pressure and warmth. No position will relieve pain, and yet symptoms worsen from movement, dampness, and at night. What’s interesting is that lying on the painful side actually improves symptoms.
Arsenicum is deemed necessary when sciatica results from the cold. Primary symptoms will include restlessness, weakness, exhaustion, chilliness, aching heels, and burning pain that may travel to the toes. Symptoms improve from gentle walking, warmth, or a hot compress. Symptoms may worsen after exertion, dampness, and while on the right side.
Chamomilla is often required when there is extremely intense and tearing pain from the buttocks to the heel with numbness. The pain is often so intense, it will drive the person out of bed at night. Other symptoms include restless legs, stiffness, irritability, heavy limbs, spasms, hot sweats, burning feet, and cramps in the calves. Symptoms may worsen from lying on the painless side, warmth, stretching, at night, and after being angry.
Gnaphalium is recommended when intense numbness with tingling followed the sciatica pain that can be described as intense cutting and shooting pains experienced along the whole length of the nerve. There may also be cramps in the calves, neuralgia in the front of the leg, and the joints may feel creaky and dry. Symptoms often improve from sitting, and worsen from movement and dampness.
Consider rhus toxicodendron for sciatica with intense attacks of burning and tearing pain. The person’s legs may also feel dead, stiff, or wooden. Leg cramps and pain down the back of the thighs are also common. Symptoms may improve from continued motion, rubbing, stretching, or heat; however, they seem to worsen from overexertion, initial motion, dampness, after resting, and at night.
Phytolacca is needed when sciatica produces aching pain and sudden shooting down the leg or outside of the thighs. Other symptoms may include weakness, stiffness, aching heels, and contracted hamstrings. Restlessness usually worsens from motion, and cramps and knotting come and go. Warmth and lying down often improve symptoms, while pressure and dampness make it worse.
What is the outlook for people?
Sciatic pain usually goes away with time and rest. Most people with sciatica (80 percent to 90 percent) will get better without surgery. About half of affected individuals recover from an episode within six weeks.
Can sciatica be prevented
Some sources of sciatica are not preventable, such as degenerative disc disease, back strain due to pregnancy, and accidental falls.
Although it might not be possible to prevent all cases of sciatica, you can take steps to protect your back and reduce your risk.
Practice proper lifting techniques. Lift with your back straight, bringing yourself up with your hips and legs, and holding the object close to your chest. Use this technique for lifting everything, no matter how light.
Avoid/ stop cigarette smoking, which promotes disc degeneration.
Exercise regularly to strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen, which work to
support your spine.
Use good posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping. Good posture helps to relieve the pressure on your lower back.
Avoid sitting for long periods.
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- Drugs for relief of pain in patients with sciatica: systematic review and meta-WHO guidelines on basic training and safety in chiropractic. “2.1 Absolute contraindications to spinal manipulative therapy”, p. 21. WHO