Sciatica and Therapeutic Ultrasound
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes. The pain can vary per person but is usually made worse by sneezing, coughing or sitting for a long period.
Some of the most common causes for this condition are as follows:
- Herniated disc (“slipped” disc)
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal cord passage)
- Spondylolisthesis (“slipped” vertebra)
- Injury to the spine or surrounding muscles and ligaments
There are many things you can do to help relieve the symptoms of Sciatica including remaining as active as possible, using hot or cold compresses and taking simple painkillers. Keeping active with low intensive activities such as aerobics, strength training and stretching. If these aren’t successful, spinal injections may be the next step. This method delivers a strong anti‐inflammatory and painkilling medication to the nerves around your spine.
The pain caused by inflammation of the lumbar nerve roots can be helped by therapeutic ultrasound. Therapeutic ultrasound helps heal sciatica by providing stimulation to deep muscle tissue, which increases nutrient rich blood flow to the area. This method has also been found to help reduce muscle spasms, pain and swelling. Therapeutic ultrasound can also decrease the time it takes to heal and relieve muscles that are stiff and inflexible by improving circulation and gently heating the muscles.