Sciatica is nerve pain from irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve begins from nerve roots in the spinal cord in the low back and extends through the buttock area to send nerve endings down the lower limb. Sciatica pain is typically felt from the low back to behind the thigh and radiating down below the knee.
While sciatica is most commonly a result of a lumbar disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can produce the symptoms of sciatica. This irritation of nerves as a result of an abnormal intervertebral disc is referred to as radiculopathy. Aside from a pinched nerve from a disc, other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumors, muscle, internal bleeding, infections in or around the lumbar spine, injury, and other causes. Sometimes sciatica can occur because of irritation of the sciatic nerve during pregnancy.
Our treatment Approach
Sciatica is known in Ayurveda as Grdhrasi which means 'vulture'. This descriptive name refers to the limping gait of a person due to the excruciating pain from sciatica.
During your first visit to Ayush Kerala Ayurveda, one of our highly skilled physicians will carefully and compassionately examine your medical history and physical state. To identify the precise spondylosis-related damage causing you pain and discomfort (X-ray or MRI may be requested). Based upon the information gathered, as well as your unique needs and goals, our team will then recommend an integrated treatment plan designed to best help you.