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As per Ayurveda, Gridhrasi (Sciatica) is a condition that arises when the sciatic nerve is pressed or gets inflamed and it is characterized by pain or altered sensation or numbness in the areas supplied by the sciatic nerve. It is one of the most common conditions seen in people suffering from low back pain. It is observed that in this disease, the patient’s gait is altered as his legs become tense and slightly curved due to pain.

Causes of Sciatica Pain

  • Intra Vertebral Disc Herniation: A disc that is protruding, causes compression over the sciatic nerve and hence causes sciatica pain.
  • Muscular Spasm Spondylolisthesis: It is a slippage of the vertebra so that it is out of line with the one above it, narrowing the opening through which the nerve exists.
  • Sacroiliitis: Is inflammation in the joints associated with the backbone and this can lead to inflammation in the sciatic nerve as well.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal makes the available space lesser and leads to sciatica pain.
  • Pregnancy: The foetus in the uterus tends to apply pressure over the sciatic nerve leading to its irritation and manifestation of sciatica.
  • Trauma: A fall or other forms of trauma can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve leading to Sciatica Pain.

Symptoms of Sciatica

  • PAIN is the main symptom in sciatica, it is usually seen in the low back and may radiate to the buttocks and one or both the legs along the course of the sciatic nerve which passes through the back of the legs. The pain is usually shooting in type
  • Numbness in the affected side
  • Tingling sensation
  • Muscular wasting
  • Muscular weakness
  • Other symptoms that can be caused are related to the stress caused by the condition, and that leads to sleep disturbances, anxiety, etc.

Treatment

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The strength of Ayurveda in the area of spine and joint treatments is globally appreciated. Since it addresses the root cause of the issue, the results are fantastic. Ayurvedic management and treatment of Sciatica at Samwarthika Ayurveda Hospital in Kerala involves an identification of the individual constitution of the patient and all the predisposing factors and tailors an individualized program to address the condition. Ayurveda described Sciatica as one of the diseases caused by vitiation of Vata, sometimes even Kapha along with Vatha. It offers excellent Panchakarma therapies along with internal medicines for treating Sciatica.

Therapies like Dhanyamla Dhara, Abyanga Swedam, Pathrapotali Swedam (Elakizhi), Sarvangadhara (Pizhichil), Kadeevasthy, Njavarakizhi, Vasti (the most important procedure in Ayurveda for curing Sciatica permanently), etc., are done as per the necessity and condition. These therapies are directed towards relieving the inflammatory changes and underlying causes of Sciatica, releasing the spasms and nerve compressions in the affected area, strengthening and nourishing the entire spine and supporting tissues. Along with these therapies, Ayurveda has also described Siravedam (Venesection) and Agni karma (Heat therapy) for treating Sciatica.

In four to six weeks, the majority of patients find their symptoms are relieved with our treatment. Ayurveda stands as a better alternative to surgery in Sciatica. We have the best infrastructure and facilities and expert doctors for treating Sciatica cases including post-surgical recurrence.