A lot of people suffer from sciatica pain which is pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down the buttock and down the back of your legs. I have suffered from it for some years. After my first spinal surgery, it went altogether but over the last twelve months, it has come back and is a lot more painful than last time.
However, it could also be a number of other problems that also cause pain down the leg. As well as the pain in sciatica you could also have numbness, tingling and burning/prickling. You can have a shooting pain or a constant pain with the worst pain in the leg and which gets worse when you are sitting.
Other problems that can cause pain down your leg are joint problems, such as arthritis or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. It could also be a lumbar herniated disc, lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease or isthmic spondylolisthesis. Treatments are specific to the individual and the cause of the sciatic pain.
Treatments can vary from rest, ice/heat therapy, medications, epidural steroids, manipulation, physical therapy, exercise and as a last resort surgery.
They say that although sciatica can be extremely painful and even debilitating, it rarely ends in permanent damage. Whatever your type of back/leg pain you are experiencing it is important to get a proper diagnosis from your GP or spine specialist.
At NRS Healthcare, they are experts in ‘daily living aids’. These are products designed to help people who are finding everyday activities difficult due to mobility problems or healthcare conditions. They have a range of products that may provide help for sciatica symptoms, encourage a better sitting or lying posture and ensure you can carry out tasks in greater comfort. Here are a selection of sciatica aids you may find useful:
• Seat Wedge – to keep your spine in its natural position
• Car Seat Wedge – to provide lower back support when driving
• Back Support – to aid posture in a car or chair
• Knee Pillow – to sleep more comfortably
• Bed Wedge – to aid rest and sleep
• High Back Chair – with lumbar support can help you sit more comfortably
• Rise and Recline Chair – may help if you have difficulty getting in and out of a standard armchair
• Wobble Cushion – to help improve posture and reduce stress on the lower back
• Exercise Bands – can help with stretching and resistive exercises
• Sciatica Relief Cushion – reduces pressure on the base of the spine
• Sacroiliac Joint Support Belt – can help avoid problems when lifting and support your back
• Gardening Trolley – to help avoid lifting equipment in the garden
• Long Handled Gardening Tools – to help if you have difficulty bending down
If you are unsure which sciatica aids may provide relief for you, contact your GP.