Sciatica occurs when there is strain placed on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the legs, and to the feet. This usually refers to something rubbing or pressing against the sciatic nerve, such as a slipped disc, spinal stenosis (narrowing of part of the spine that the nerve passes through), spondylolisthesis (when one of the bones in the spine slips out of position, or back injury.
Sciatica can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the bottom, back of the legs, or toes and feet. These symptoms may worsen due to movement, sneezing, or coughing. Pain may also occur in the back.
Treatments for Sciatica
While Sciatica usually improves in 4 to 6 weeks, symptoms may persist for longer. Regular exercise, heat packs, and other self-care actions are advised and, in some cases, painkillers may be prescribed. Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen are unlikely to he helpful and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also have questionable efficacy.
Physiotherapy – including exercise advice and massage techniques – and psychological support to help patients cope with pain, may also be considered.
Medical Cannabis Treatment
There is growing evidence that medical cannabis can be useful in pain management associated with a wide number of conditions. Medical cannabis may be considered as a treatment for Sciatica when first-line therapies have failed to provide sufficient symptom management.
The Wellford Medical Clinics specialises in medical cannabis treatment for pain management. Our specialist clinicians assess every case carefully to provide relevant and meaningful advice and treatment.