Do You Know the Cause of Sciatica?
What Is Sciatica?
Inflammation of the sciatic nerve causes numbness and pain; however, since there are many conditions that produce inflammation of the sciatic nerve to begin with, “sciatica” is a name for the symptoms.
The sciatic nerve is a very long nerve, as in the top illustration, and the same symptoms appear no matter in which part inflammation occurs. For example, if inflammation occurs in the vicinity of the spinal cord, which is the nerve root, or if it occurs near the pelvis, it will all be the same “sciatica.” Since the sciatic nerve controls the buttock, back of the thigh, calf, and back of the foot, if numbness or pain appears in those parts, it will be considered sciatica regardless of the cause.
What Are the Causes of Sciatica?
Many conditions bring on inflammation in sciatica: not only the herniated discs or spinal stenosis of which we all know but also spinal arthritis, piriformis syndrome, sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction, and so on. Therefore, it is necessary to have a test such as an MRI at a medical institution in order to carefully examine sciatica’s cause. Unfortunately, there is no way to understand the real cause of sciatica through osteopathy or massage.
What Is the Treatment for Sciatica?
The cause of numbness and pain is inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The inflammation itself almost always subsides in about 3-7 days, so if pain is intense in the meantime, taking painkillers is no problem. Rarely, if the degree of inflammation is severe, numbness and pain may continue for about 1 month, but it is no problem.
Most of the cases in which symptoms improve naturally are caused by things like mild hernias or spinal arthritis, and they are treated similarly to a sprained hand or foot. That is to say, the general rule for treatment in the initial stage is observation.
However, if symptoms continue for more than 1 month, the pain is too intense, or symptoms appear repeatedly, there may be a possibility that surgery is needed, so it is necessary to undergo an investigation of the cause at a medical institution.
At our clinic, we can do a careful examination of sciatica’s cause, and outpatient treatment for frequent causes of sciatica such as herniated discs, spinal arthritis, and spinal stenosis is also possible.
5 Types of Outpatient Treatment for Low Back Pain
The DST Method (Discseel™)
An intervertebral disc treatment that began in the United States in the 2010s. Can be suitable for a wide range of conditions, including problems in patients after surgery. It is the only （※2）treatment that can repair and regenerate intervertebral discs.Click here for details.
※2 According to research by Operation Japan (Ltd.)
The PIDD Method (Implant)
An implant intervertebral disc treatment that has been conducted since the 2000s. As with PLDD, results without injury to intervertebral discs can be anticipated. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.
Hybrid Laser Treatment
A treatment that combines the benefits of PLDD and PODD. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.
The PODD Method (Ozone)
An ozone intervertebral disc treatment that has been conducted mainly in Europe since the 1990s. It can be suitable for a wide range of conditions.Click here for details.
The PLDD Method (Laser)
An outpatient, laser intervertebral disc treatment that has been well known worldwide since the 1980s. This treatment is suitable for herniated discs only.Click here for details.