What is Sciatica
Sciatica is a type of pain that stems fromthe irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nervein the human body running from the spinal cord through the buttocks and down each legany right below the knee. Common symptoms are leg pain tingling andnumbness in the leg and feet, and pain throughout the lower back and buttocks. To diagnose a physician will conduct thoroughphysical exam of the patient to asses' tenderness over certain areas of the spine along withthe monitoring mobility of lower extremities as well as doing the neurological examination.There are several treatment options for sciatica.
Natural types of therapy like exercise, physicaltherapy, massage, a balanced nutritious diet and rest have found the aid in the relieffrom sciatica. For patients with more severe cases of sciaticainterventional types of treatment can be explored. These include epidural steroid injectionsas well as potential trigger point injections. Techniques like biofeedback and spinal cordstimulation have also been effective to decrease patient's symptoms.
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Cervical radiofrequency ablation is a veryexciting procedure in pain medicine that uses a specialized device to disrupt nerve conduction.This pain relief technique can be used by those with neck pain, muscle pain and multipleother pain syndromes in the cervical spine region. Before the procedure begins, your physicianbegins by cleaning the skin in the injection site and injects a local anaesthetic to numbthe area. Another needle is placed in to a nub tissue and entire procedure is performedusing fluoroscopic or xray guidance. When the needles in the correct location,electrode is introduces into the centre of
the needle. Stimulation is initiated firs with sensorystimulation and then with motor stimulation. When a correct needle position is verified,local anaesthetic and sometimes a steroid medication are injected. The electrode is then heated to between 15and 80 degrees Celsius and kept at that temperature for several minutes. electrothermal heat isgenerated which allows for destruction of surrounding pain fibers, thereby decreasingyour pain. After a brief recovery period you're ableto go home after the procedure. You may have
some discomfort when a local anesthetic wearsoff, but this is typical and usually resolved with time. Any recent al research study of patientstreated with radiofrequency ablation 21% had complete pain relief and 65% reported mildto moderate pain relief.