The sciatic pain are more common than cold. Hard to find someone who has never suffered from back pain and legs, being forced to stay home for days. Global estimates indicate that 90% of the population suffers or will suffer from the problem at some stage in life. "Overweight and poor posture are two factors that contribute to the growing number of patients with inflammation of the sciatic nerve," said Dr. Wajih Abud Hares, Technical Director of the Hospital San Paolo.
In the interview you read below, the expert teaches how to deal with the pain, speaks of situations in which surgery is the solution and discusses the effectiveness of complementary treatments such as acupuncture and RPG.
How to identify the sciatic pain?
The pain may be felt as a dull, aching or burning. Sometimes it starts gradually, worsens at night and is aggravated by motion. Sciatica can also cause numbness, paresthesias (low sensitivity) or muscle weakness in the affected leg, before attending to the pain and tingling.
People with older age are more prone to the problem? Why?
Yes, because they forced up the column over the years. Over time, intervertebral discs lose their ability to absorb impact, making it more easily subject to injury and causing disturbances in the mechanics of the spine, including the loss of water (natural and essential for the maintenance of records intervertrebrais ). Also affect the weight distribution in the column, damaging structures such as the intervertebral joints and ligaments. These as part of the defense against aggression, tend to be hypertrophied (these are called bone spurs). The increase of the joints and ligaments that make up part of the spinal canal ends up reducing the diameter of the channel, leading to compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots, with the possible compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots that give rise to.