*Rant warning* (but useful info thereafter:)
In my experience, one of the most irritating things in life occur when you just about have a handle on
something and some "guru" comes along and says "that ain't right!" So annoying. So I just want to
give you a heads up that this is a public service announcement and not some "me-so-cool-because-I-
want-more-social-media-followers-and-I-am-the-latest-and-greatest-guru-around." Nope, if y'all know
anything about me by now is that I'm a bit of the antithesis to this. I'm rather disagreeable by nature.
But like I said, this is important and more of a public service announcement. So please read on....
Do you, or anyone you know take a common medication that treats nerve related pain due to sciatica?
Well, research seems to be pointing in the direction of it not being effective. In fact, the conclusion was
8 weeks." If you've ever experienced or witnessed a nerve compression the suffering is real! So what
the heck (PG rating version) do you do?!?!?!!? Before you throw your hands up and start drinking (or
smoking come October), there are still many options for relief! Read on...
FYI: One of the causes of leg pain, or sciatica, is compression of nerve in the lower back. Proper
assessment, the right intervention and discussion of your treatment plan is key to successful outcomes.
But it's going to take work.
Good news is that most soft tissue and/or muscle and joint related injuries heal. In fact most cases
improve within 6-12 weeks. The bad news... who has 12 weeks to get better?!? Most of us are
hammer down 24/7 trying to keep up with life!!! Which is why over the counter or prescription
medication is a legitimate option. But what if that doesn't work? Time to start cutting? Whoa, not just
yet. Keep scrolling, pain relief can be an insight away...
So gaining relief from pain is much like a journey. First you assess where you are, where you want to
go, determine your route and if long enough, include rest stops. For sciatica or any pain related disorder
you first want to get your assessment. If your Doctor prescribes a medication for nerve pain ask "are
there any other options I can add to the treatment?" Frequently they will advise on other options such
as Registered Massage Therapy (especially helpful for accompanying anxiety and depression when paired
with therapeutic exercise) or Physiotherapy. When a disc related injury is suspected there are specific
types of extension moves of the lower back are known to relieve pain within minutes and can be
particularly effective if your daily activities and occupation include a lot of sitting.
The moral of this story is, just because a medication is shown to be ineffective in a study for a given
condition doesn't mean you are out of options. No way. So if you, or anyone you know experiences
sciatica or any other pain related disorder book in for a New Client Consult, Assessment and Treatment
today or consult with a Physiotherapist and discuss other options with your Physician. Take heart, relief
is not far off, but, like I said, it's going to take some work.