Can You Treat Sciatica Pain with the Ultima 3T?
The Ultima 3T (with timer) is a dual channel TENS unit that can serve as a drug-free treatment for pain, including that caused by sciatica. Sciatica is not considered a medical condition by itself, but a symptom of something else, such as herniated disk or a bone spur, or any other situation in which the sciatic nerve is being pinched or irritated. The result is a radiating pain that encompasses the lower back, hips, buttocks, and the legs, though usually only on one side of the body. Mild cases of sciatica typically go away on their own, while severe cases may require surgery. Somewhere in between, the Ultima 3T may be used to alleviate the pain, as long as a personal doctor approves of it.
There aren’t really many signs of sciatica; pain is its calling card. This pain ranges from moderate to sharp, and may include a burning sensation or an electric-like shock. It may become more noticeable when coughing and sneezing, and sitting for extended periods of time can make it worse (associated with a sedentary lifestyle). Numbness can also occur, sometimes alternating with pain in different parts of the afflicted leg.
Some of the causes related to the onset of sciatica are spinal disc herniation, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, and pregnancy, among others. In addition to those common causes, risk factors include age-related changes, obesity (excess weight puts pressure on the spine), occupation (carrying heavy loads or driving for a long time are thought to worsen sciatica), and diabetes (increased nerve damage risk). If sciatica persists and remains untreated, it could lead to loss of feeling and weakness in the affected leg, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
The pain, as sciatica itself, is frequently temporary. While it lasts, it may be relieved with pain management devices such as the Ultima 3T. However, if the pain lingers longer than a week, and/or takes a turn for the worse, then you should definitely consult your physician for a different course of therapy. Treatment may include anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, narcotics, tricyclic anti-depressants, and anti-seizure medicine, as well as steroid injections. If medication doesn’t work, surgery to relieve pressure may be called for. Once the pain has been treated, the patient may be started on a physical therapy regime to correct posture, strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and prevent future injuries.