According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, around three million visits to the emergency department are made for back pain annually. Including the ones that prefer home treatment, this symptom costs the economy over $60 billion in lost productivity. What makes it an even worse enemy for both workers and employers is that around 80 percent of adult people will experience sciatica in their lives.
One of the most common types of back pain that afflict adults is sciatica, a symptom of another medical condition characterized by pain that runs from the lower back down the legs and feet. The pain caused by sciatica to Paramus, NJ patients ranges from a mild, tingling sensation to excruciating soreness that often leaves the sufferer unable to move. The excerpt below taken from an article about sciatica written for MSN.com further discusses the symptom and its treatment.
“Many people with the condition have a history of back problems, but sciatica often starts suddenly. It can be triggered by something minor—even a sneeze. The pain is often sharp and stabbing and confined to one leg. Numbness, unpleasant tingling sensations, and weakness in the affected leg are common. The pain and other symptoms often worsen with coughing or sitting.
The best medicine is often patience—with some stoicism mixed in—because the pain often goes away, even if the problem disk does not. Researchers have found that about half of acute sciatica patients assigned to the placebo group in randomized trials (which means they are not getting active treatment) improve within 10 days, and three-quarters feel better after a month.”
Saying that sciatica can best be dealt with by patience is the same as saying it has no cure. The truth is, there are many solutions, including non-surgical procedures performed by specialists in MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, that actually provide short- and long-term relief to patients. They involve a series of physical and neurological therapy sessions, usually lasting for several weeks, depending on the patient’s response.
Some solutions may even provide lifetime relief or kill the pain for good. Specialists, like Dr. Ali Maz, who understand that sciatica is just caused by an underlying condition also know that the solution to the symptom is to treat its root. In essence, the ultimate sciatica relief for Paramus, NJ patients can be achieved through analysis of the brain functions where pain is interpreted.
(Source: Treatment Options for Sciatica, HealthyLiving.MSN.com)