Chronic pain is an awful thing and sciatic pain is one of the worst. The sciatic nerve is made up of a few nerve bundles that originates in your lower back, travels down through your pelvis, into your buttocks and down your legs into your feet. There are many branches off the sciatic nerve but most of the symptoms goes from your butt down the back of your leg, into your knee and finally into the sole of your foot. Your symptoms can vary but pain, tingling, weakness or burning sensations down your legs are the signs of sciatic nerve impingement or damage. Last time we spoke about Neural Prolotherapy and how NPT can help in nerve pain. NPT is especially good at relieving sciatica because of it's surprising ability to dissolve the pain peptides built up in and around the nerves as well as helping to relieve the continuous inflammation and signaling down the length of the nerve. NPT uses a dilute dextrose solution to help with the dissolution of the pain chemicals. The dilute dextrose is injected subcutaneously with a fine needle around the painful points and down the distribution of the nerve and its branches. Once the pain cycle is broken, movement and flexibility is improved and pain is eliminated. Patients leave the office pain free without anesthetics or toxic medications. Follow-up varies, I've treated people with chronic pain with NPT who can go months without a follow-up treatment or occasionally people will need to return if and when the pain returns. After a treatment you will be able to bend and move freely, and sleep better without the nagging and gnawing pain disturbing you.
Sciatica is usually a result of an impinged nerve, muscle spasming, a slipped disk in your back or rarely a tumor. Make sure your doctor checks out the possible causes of sciatica, if you are older and your sciatica keeps returning, making sure a more serious cause can be eliminated is important. Regardless, Neuroprolotherapy is a valuable, effective and surprisingly fast treatment for chronic pain of all kinds but sciatica in particular responds quickly and easily to this treatment.