Back pain may be the result of a wide range of issues, ranging from a specific trauma or injury to arthritis. Sometimes, it can occur out of nowhere and the symptoms can escalate quickly. It can even spread to cause pain in your bottom and legs. This form of pain is often disguised as sciatica. It’s most commonly seen in people aged between forty and fifty years old, but can occur at any age.
If you are experiencing chronic pain (or pain that lasts longer than three months) in your back, that is likely a sign that something more serious is going on. Sciatica has its own unique symptoms, which should tip you off if you have developed this condition. Any of the following sensations may present themselves in the bottom, legs, or feet of the person:
These symptoms may worsen when sneezing or coughing. They will often also be experienced alongside back pain, but the other symptoms will gradually overtake and become worse than the back pain itself. If you only have back pain, it’s likely not sciatica.
Sciatica can be caused by a number of different things. Ultimately, the condition occurs when something presses or rubs on the sciatic nerve. This can be caused by:
There are also certain behavioural practices that can make a person more likely to develop sciatica. These include:
Sciatica will usually get better on its own within four to six weeks. However, there are certain practices that you can do to speed up the recovery and make sure that it doesn’t come back:
A patient may need to see a doctor if sciatica persists for longer than four to six weeks. They will be able to offer more extreme forms of treatment to help manage the symptoms, such as:
Another form of potential relief from the symptoms is medical cannabis. There has been proven success in medical cannabis helping a variety of pain-related conditions. For example, in 2019, a study from the United States showed that patients suffering from chronic pain experienced a noticeable reduction in pain symptoms when treated with medical cannabis.
Opioids are often a common choice for helping with chronic pain. Medical cannabis is already being put forward by experts as an alternative medication to opioids, reducing the risk of developing a dependency and other unwanted side-effects. What’s more, this study from 2012 states that cannabis can help lead to a greater cumulative relief of pain. That means fewer opiates are used and reduces the impact of the associated side-effects.
Our expert specialist doctors at The Medical Cannabis Clinics seek to raise awareness about how medical cannabis can help those faced with sciatica and back pain. They offer private online video link consultations, where patients can learn more about treatment options and receive personalised care.
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