Are you experiencing pain in the hips that radiate to the thighs? Are you experiencing weakness in the legs and feet? If you nodded along in agreement, you might be suffering from Lumbar Radiculopathy. Homeopathy can help you obtain relief from the discomforting symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy and improve your quality of life. And, if you are wondering what lumbar radiculopathy is and how homeopathy can help, think no further. Get answers to your questions by reading this post below.
Lumbar refers to the lower spine. The lumbar nerve roots run from the spine to the legs. The injury or compression of these nerve roots leads to inflammatory changes in the nerves resulting in the discomforting symptoms, and this condition is called radiculopathy. Lumbar radiculopathy is commonly called Sciatica, which causes constant severe pain in the buttock and thigh and intermittent pain behind the knee and calf. Typically, lumbar radiculopathy affects just one side of the body.
What are the Causes of Lumbar Radiculopathy?
- A herniated disc in the spine.
- Degenerative disc disease.
- Nerve root injury (Strenuous activity, Mechanical stretch, or traumatic injury)
- A genetic defect in the spine.
Symptoms of Lumbar Radiculopathy:
One may experience dull or sharp, shooting radiating pain. The pain radiates from hips towards thighs, hollow of the knees, legs, and feet to toes. The patient finds difficulty while walking and experiences weakness in the muscles, legs, and feet. The pain may be accompanied by formication, numbness, and burning sensation, or sensation of pins and needles.
The conventional treatment includes giving NSAIDs, analgesic ointments, liniments, physiotherapy, steroid injection in the spine, and, in some cases, even surgery.
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Homeopathic Approach in Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica):
Homeopathic medicines like conventional medicines have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which help to reduce the pain, numbness, and stiffness, slow down the further progress of the disease, and improves the weakness in the limbs. However, homeopathy cannot revert the deformity. Rather than taking strong painkillers or steroid injection in the spine, homeopathic medicines can prove highly beneficial, as they are safe and have no side-effects. One can think of Homeopathy rather than directly going for the surgery.
Homeopathic Remedies for Lumbar Radiculopathy:
Some of the important Homeopathic medicines for Lumbar radiculopathy:
Traumatic Neuralgia is the keynote for prescribing Hypericum. It is great medicine when the sciatic pain results due to an injury to the spinal cord and spinal nerves. It works wonderfully by alleviating the inflammation, pain, tingling, and numbness. When the patient experiences spasm post-injury and cramps in calves, this remedy is indicated. Hypericum is effective in treating the cases of the spinal disc pathology, such as degenerative disc disease causing disc herniation, wherein the pain results due to the pinched and irritated nerve. When the pain from the back radiates to toes, particularly to the toe tips, and when you experience a crawling sensation in the limb with lancinating pain, this homeopathic remedy may help you obtain relief. Hypericum is beneficial in obtaining relief from many types of nerve pains.
It is also one of the top Homeopathic medicines for Lumbar radiculopathy, which develops due to the herniated disc and the pain due to the impingement of the nerve. When the pain alternates with the numbness which gets better by drawing the limbs up and flexing a thing on the abdomen, Gnaphalium is indicated. If you suffer from a dull darting or cutting type of pain extending from the right hip posteriorly downwards towards the right foot, Gnaphalium may help. Lumbago with numbness gets better by lying down is one of the features which indicates Gnaphalium. This remedy is recommended when the pain is confined to the calf and feet.
Colocynth is a classic remedy for treating sciatica when there is a contraction of muscles and the limbs are drawn together. This remedy is ideal for treating left-sided sciatica with a drawing, tearing pain as if screwed in a vise, which gets better by heat, hard pressure, lying on the affected parts and worsens by heat and gentle touch. It helps alleviate the pain, which is accompanied by numbness, tingling, and dull sensation and the crampy pain which radiates from hip to the knee. When you experience a sharp, shooting electric shock-like pain in the left lower back, left thigh, left popliteal fossa to the left foot, Colocynth may help. Colocynth has been found quite effective even in some cases of the right-sided Lumbar radiculopathy.
Rhus-Tox is useful in treating right-sided sciatica. The character of pain that this remedy alleviates is tearing type with numbness, formication, and burning in the limbs which is worse in the cold damp weather, cold air, and after overwork. Rhus-Tox is a top-rated medicine for the pain which turns worse by sitting and having rest and better by continuous motion. When the pain is worse by rising from a seat and when the first motion always aggravates the pain, Rhus-Tox may help. You may need this remedy when you suffer pain due to overstraining, stretching, and lifting heavy things. Rhus-Tox is indicated when you experience a crawling sensation in the tips of toes and tingling sensation in the feet, and loss of power in feet.
- Magnesia Phosphorica:
Magnesia phosphorica is best suited for right-sided sciatica with tender feet. Lumbago with radiation of pain from the right-side hip downwards the right thigh, right popliteal fossa, and a leg can be alleviated with this homeopathic remedy. When your toe tips are stiff and numb, you experience cramps in calves, and your complaints are accompanied by general weakness, Magnesia phosphorica can be beneficial in improving your comfort. When the nature of pain is sharp, stabbing, stitching type that gets better by pressure, warm applications and worsens after uncovering the lower limb, Magnesia phosphorica is indicated.
So, if you are a pain sufferer due to Sciatica, count on Homeopathy to treat your complaints. Homeopathic medicines are highly effective in treating acute as well as chronic Sciatica pain.