Everybody feels pain from time to time. Chronic pain, if taken carelessly, turns out to be such a big that it might create some serious troubles. Two of such troubles are Sciatica and LBP. Sciatica and low back pain (LBP) are nerve-related conditions that can be extremely painful, disabling and life‐changing. Sciatica affects many people in many different ways. The common symptoms are radiating leg pain, lumbosacral radicular syndrome, ischias, nerve root pain and nerve root entrapment. In about 80% of people suffering from sciatica, the major cause is a herniated disc with nerve root compression. People with sciatica have low back pain but this is usually less severe than the leg pain.
Sciatica & LBP – Getting to the root of the problem
It is surveyed that 4 out of every 10 people have sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve, at some point in their life. It’s easy to recognize sciatica and LBP associated with it because of its sharp and radiating pain that shoots from the lower back straight down to the leg. The sensation of pain can vary widely. Sciatica may feel like a mild or severe ache or a sharp burning sensation or extreme discomfort. Sciatica may also create feeling of numbness, weakness and tingling. The symptoms affects the sciatic nerve which is the longest and widest nerve in the body. This nerve begins from the lower back and runs down the legs before ending in the foot.
Additionally, common causes of sciatica include:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Muscle spasm in the back or buttocks
- Wearing high heels
- Being Over-weight or obese
- Having nerve disorder like diabetes
What happens if Sciatica pain is left untreated?
When people get sciatica, their sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, which triggers sciatica symptoms. Anything that puts pressure or irritates this nerve causes pain that shoots down the back of buttock or thigh. In some cases, mild forms of sciatica are not much serious and go away with time. But when persisted or left untreated, it can cause the risk of having long-term complications.
Treatments for sciatic pain ranges from hot and cold packs to medications & even surgeries. Johari Digital with its combination of therapies brings the most comprehensive and innovative treatments for sciatica to relieve the pain and reduce the chances of permanent nerve damage.
Without proper treatment, sciatica can lead to these additional complications:-
Sciatica pain grows and gets worse with time thereby making it more challenging to find effective pain management solutions. Pain can become worse by extended sitting/standing or even by coughing, sneezing, twisting or lifting.
Over time, one can experience long-term nerve damage that results in chronic tingling, numbness and weakness in the buttock or upper thigh, loss of sensation, or pain in the affected leg or even toes.
Sciatica can compromise with the health of spine, which is directly linked to the bladder and bowel control. When this occurs, you can develop incontinence.
How Electrotherapy – Ultrasound works on Sciatica and LBP
The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body. This nerve starts from lower back, penetrates deep inside the buttocks & pelvis and ends on the legs before ending in the feet. The sciatic nerve controls several of the muscles in the lower legs and provides sensation to legs and feet. Sciatica is caused by irritation in the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.
Electrotherapy for sciatica pain provides a non-invasive treatment and it’s yielding some impressive results. Combination therapy for sciatica uses low-voltage electrical current delivered through electrodes attached to the skin. This interrupts or fully blocks the nerve signals that create sciatica pain. Electrotherapy decreases the intensity and number of muscle spasms and can help release pain blocking endorphins, which are natural pain killers found in the body.
Sound waves produced by an ultrasound machine can also decrease the time it takes to heal and relieve muscles that are stiff and inflexible. Ultrasound therapy improves the circulation and gently provides deep heat to the muscles.
Combination Therapy – One solution for all problems
Combination therapy works on the principle of electrical stimulation by sending electrical pulses through the skin to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. These combination of several therapies indeed work well for Sciatica and LBP. The treatment is totally helpful and work with long term benefits with minimal side effects.
In addition to the problems, combo-therapy also provide relief from pain along with visible and noticeable results to the patients suffering from:-
- Sciatica pain
- Post-operative musculoskeletal pain
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Frozen shoulder syndrome
WinStim – Combination Therapy by Johari Digital
Combotherapy – WinStim is US FDA 510(k) cleared device. The electrotherapy and ultrasound therapy are always safe and effective to use. Unlike in surgical treatments, people will not experience any side effects, as these are non-invasive methods for relieving pain.
Additionally, People who experience pain relief from these therapies may reduce their intake of pain medications, which can be addictive or cause adverse side effects. There is no known, permanent or serious side effects from combination therapy.