By EWN •
Published: 28 Sep 2023 • 15:50
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This pain can be acute or become chronic becoming very annoying. It consists of an electric shock, numbness or radiating pain that is reflected by different parts of the leg and that can reach the foot or even both.
Although the most common is that it remits after a few days and that the pain is controlled, when the pain is very intense, persists and relief is not achieved with conventional analgesics, it is advisable to go to a specialist in pain treatment.
Dr. Jorge Orduña, head of the Pain Unit of Quirónsalud Torrevieja and explains more about sciatica and its most advanced treatments.
What is Sciatica?: Why It Occurs and Symptoms
Sciatica is the “popular” name for radicular pain, which is one that occurs, in the form of electric shock and numbness, when the spinal nerves are compressed.
The spinal nerves are responsible for providing sensitivity and mobility to the legs, and can be compressed at various points in their journey from the spinal cord to the foot.
As Dr. Jorge Orduña explains, this compression “produces an initial inflammation that, over time and depending on the intensity of its cause, can cause injuries to the nerve, leaving sequelae.”
The symptoms of sciatica are:
In addition, depending on the degree of compression, the nerve injury and whether there is one or more compressions, the symptoms will be more or less acute and will affect “only one side of the body, both or different parts”.
Types of Sciatica
How can sciatica be treated?
Treatment of sciatica depends on three factors:
Once the level of nerve compression has been located and defined, specialists can opt for pharmacological or interventional treatments (by infiltrations) to treat the problem from where it is occurring.
“These interventional treatments (infiltrations) allow immediate pain relief and with hardly any recovery periods. The prolonged duration of relief allows us to work together with rehabilitators/physiotherapists and functional recuperators in activities aimed at strengthening the structures adjacent to the injured area and thus protecting it, allowing in many cases to recover the quality of life.” The specialist explains.
Some of the techniques used in the Pain Unit of Quirónsalud Torrevieja to treat sciatica are:
What is the success rate of these techniques?
According to Dr. Jorge Orduña, all these techniques “achieve, in a high percentage of cases, relief greater than 80% of pain with periods of pain relief above 6 months“.
In addition, some of these treatments, such as intradiscal, “can be practically definitive, while neurostimulation is applied to patients already operated, allowing relief of many years.”
The Pain Unit of Quirónsalud Torrevieja includes specialists in pain treatment (anaesthesiologists, rehabilitators, traumatologists), who work in close relationship with other specialists to offer a comprehensive and personalized service to each patient aimed at treating everything that concerns the pain of each patient.
If the cause that produces the pain cannot be treated or relieved or when the treatment of pain has not been insufficient, specialists will evaluate other options, such as surgery.
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