Mike Tyson, former world heavyweight champion, has admitted that he suffers of sciatica which is a nerve-impacting disorder that creates discomfort throughout the low back as well as the leg. The condition can also make it difficult to speak occasionally, claimed Tyson who was spotted in wheelchair in Miami International Airport last month in an interview on Newsmax TV. “I suffer from sciatica occasionally, and every once in a while it gets worse,” he told the publication. “When it gets worse I am unable to even speak! I’m thankful that this is the only health issue I’m suffering from,” he said in the same interview.
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What exactly is sciatica?
Sciatica is an illness where the sciatic nerve is compressed. This can result in backache that can spread to the feet. It may also lead to the sufferer experiencing a tingling sensation , or the sensation of numbness, according to ayurvedic doctor Dr Dixa Bhavsar.
“It is located in the buttock, or the gluteal region. The pain is felt throughout the leg as that is the path of sciatic nerve that runs along the back of the leg, and it ends close to the knee joint. After that, it will have branches. Dr. Manan Vora, sports medicine expert and orthopaedic surgeon said to indianexpress.com.
Sciatica is usually triggered by an injured or slipped disk or an overgrowing bone begins placing pressure on a portion of the nerve which causes swelling, pain, and sensation of numbness or tingling in the affected leg, said Dr. Sabika Abidi
consultant senior physiotherapist Masina Hospital Physiotherapy Center, Mumbai.
The most common causes are a the vertebral disc getting slipped, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc deformities, and injuries to the spine the Dr Deeksha Katiyar who is a physician with WeClinic Homoeopathy, told indianexpress.com. “The condition can be aggravated by the weight gain, lack of exercising, sleeping on mattresses that aren’t firm enough or soft enough or due to work-related issues like sitting for long periods of time and weight lifting,” Dr Katiyar said.
What happens exactly when you experience sciatica?
It can range from a slight pain to a sharp, burn (like electrical shocks) located in the back of the calf, thigh or the foot, according to Dr. Apoorv Dua hip, knee and shoulder reconstruction surgeon Department. Of Orthopaedicsat Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College as well as Hospital, New Delhi. He also said “Complication such as loss of sensation in the affected leg, weakness in the affected leg and loss of bladder or bowel sensation could also occur.”
If untreated for a long time, sciatica may result in permanent neurological damage. it could also affect one’s speaking and speech as well as increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease, changes in behavior or Bell’s Palsy and epilepsy, as well as Alzheimer Dr Katiyar stated. But Dr Dua stated that in isolated cases, sciatica does not affect speech or capacity to talk, however the pain that it causes can be intense and persistent and can cause a stumbling block in daily activities.
What is possible to do?
According to Dr. Bhavsar the ayurvedic practices will “definitely aid in relieving back pain caused by sciatica.” “It could assist in maintaining good health for the spine,” she told indianexpress.com.
*Do not stand for longer than 40 minutes at a time.
*Remember to practice Makarasana, Shalabhasana, Markatasana and Bhujangasana every day.
*Don’t stay in the same place for more than 2 hours. Stop for five minutes, then stretch.
Abhyanga (massaging the back of your back) using oils can help.
Ayurvedic oils for relieving back pain are
You can also purchase the oil made from sesame or mustard in the pharmacy in your kitchen.
Dr Katiyar suggested the remedies below
*Apply hot or ice to ease swelling and swelling
*Perform gentle stretching and physiotherapy.
It is possible to take homeopathic medications such like Arnica, Hypericum, Gnaphalium and Causticum to ease swelling, pain, and inflammation due to the condition.
The counter-pills, or medications that treat muscles and nerves, spinal injections are recommended for these patients, said Dr. Vora saying that “if one is unable to find relief after all of the above, and if all other treatments fail, it is then spine operation is the sole way to go”.
Regular exercise, a good posture when sitting and not lifting weights that are heavy will help, suggested Dr. Dua. Dr. Vora added that maintaining a healthy body weight, working out regularly as well as not smoking cigarettes, and, in general stretching and conditioning help.
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