Sciatica (acute) - Description and treatment

Are you affected by pain in the lumbar region your spine? This pain can be the first indicator of sciatica. One sudden move or chilling to the area is enough to induce severe lower back pain and lumbar spine pain – sciatica or inflammation of sciatic nerve.

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Sciatica - description, treatment
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Characteristics of Sciatica and its Causes

Sciatica (acute lumbosciatic syndrome) is characterised by sudden severe pain in the lumbar spine shooting down the leg. It is a very painful and unpleasant disease, also known as lumbago.

It is a result of sciatic plexus compression in the lumbar and cervical spine with severe pain shooting down the lower limb and restricted mobility.

The most common cause is a  herniated disc, or the so-called dislocated disc (a disc moved out of its normal position).

After episodes of sciatica with lumbar herniation, there is an increased risk of paralysis in one of the lower limbs. This can arise immediately or within a few hours.

Causes of sciatica include:

  • a sudden move,
  • chilling of the area,
  • inflammation of nerves (neuritis sciatica),
  • physical strain in inappropriate positions – e.g., lifting weight.

Sciatica Treatment – Rid yourself of the Pain

When determining correct treatment of acute sciatica, it is important to know whether the nucleus pulposus (the core of a disc) is herniated. If it is, neurosurgical intervention is necessary.

If the nucleus pulposus is not herniated, the treatment is usually conservative.

Local injections of Mesocain can be utilised to mitigate pain.

Non-steroid anti-rheumatics may be administered. In order to decrease muscle tension in the area, muscle relaxants may be administered. Bedrest is often recommended.

  • Lumbago – sudden pain and cramping in the area of spine.
  • Lumbosciatic syndrome – a herniated disc in the area of lumbar spine.
  • Mesocain – a local anesthetic and antiarrythmitic.
  • Muscle relaxants – medicaments inducing relaxation of striped muscles.
  • Non-steroid anti-rheumatics – non-steroid medicament with analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effect.

In order to achieve more significant pain reduction and muscle relaxation, physical therapy is used utilising electric treatment, ultrasound, laser, diathermy, magnetic therapy and others. Physical therapy leads to renewed circulation, reduced swelling, and thus diminishing pressure on the nerve root and decreasing pain.

In case of mild pain which does not impede mobility, it is recommended to perform simple stretching exercises – this is best done in cooperation with an experienced physiotherapist.

The basis for prevention is plenty of physical exercise, good posture and a properly-chosen mattress.

Within the rehabilitation treatment, low-frequency pulsed magnetic therapy has its place as it to targets the symptoms that bother patients the most. It utilises the analgesic, muscle-relaxing, anti-swelling and healing effects with the support of an anti-inflammatory effect. Magnetic therapy relaxes spasms, mitigates pain, reduces swelling, promotes metabolic conditions in tissues, stimulates healing and brings general relief

Home applications are a huge convenience which allows the patient to continue intensive rehabilitation at home, out of hospital facilities.

The possibility to start treatment early in a new issue and the opportunity to perform long-term daily maintenance applications is also a big benefit.

Patented 3D Biomag pulsed therapy. How does it work?

The basic principle of 3D Biomag magnetic therapy is generating electromagnetic pulses. The generated pulses can penetrate through layers of clothing and even body tissues to the place of application. These pulses have specially developed biotropic parameters (e.g. frequency, profile, intensity), thanks to which the pulsed magnetotherapy affects various health conditions.

The term pulse magnetic therapy is most commonly used for physiotherapy using the principle of electromagnetic pulses. The abbreviation PEMF is used in order to be concise.

Patented 3D Biomag technology ensures more precise and uninterrupted pulse profiles, enhances output, and allows pulses to come from various angles.

Pulsed magnetic therapy is not meant to treat sciatica itself. Such treatment can only be recommended by a physician. Magnetic therapy application is used on symptoms of sciatica such as pain, spasms and swelling.

Important information

Carefully read the user guide provided by the producer and consult a physician about your health before using any medical device.

Biomag® Lumina 3D-e is an active therapeutic device – a medical device for individual use or in combination with other medical treatment and devices as a supplemental therapy within a comprehensive treatment plan.

The goal of Biomag® low frequency pulsed magnetic field therapy is to utilise its biological effects on tissue in a way that helps mitigate some symptoms. These symptoms are primarily pain, swelling, spasms, and changes in microcirculation. It also promotes healing and mitigates those symptoms that can be influenced by these effects.

Physiological changes in tissue after application of Biomag® magnetic therapy occur due to pain mitigation and vasodilation of capillaries and precapillaries, which leads to the following treatment effects:

  • pain-relieving – analgesic, reduces pain
  • healing – promoting regeneration, anti-inflammatory
    and anti-rheumatic effects
  • anti-swelling – reduces swelling (oedema)
    myorelaxing – relaxes muscles
  • vasodilating – improves microcirculation in particular
  • metabolic-detoxifying – accelerates the elimination
    of toxins and metabolites

Intended for use on intact skin through a protective layer, e.g., disposable or other sanitary pads.

When using the Biomag® Lumina 3D-e device it is necessary to follow the Principles of safety operation together with Contraindications/Indications and use it in compliance with the specified environmental requirements. Basic safety information is shown on the device display as well.

Devices and applicators of Biomag pulsed magnetic therapy are not to be used with any of the following contraindications. Not respecting these contraindications can lead to damaged health of the patient and the device operator!

If unsure whether you understand the following list of contraindications and guidelines of safe operation of the device, use these contacts. You may prevent possible issues.

  • Pregnancy
  • Pacemaker
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Menstrual bleeding
  • Tumours
  • Severe sepsis
  • Fevers
  • Active Tuberculosis
  • Mycosis in the application area
  • Seizure disorders
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Adrenal gland hyperfunction
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland
  • Psychoses
  • Pain of unknown origin
  • Undetermined diagnosis
  • Contradiction to treatment recommended by a physician

If you own the AL16-LUM polarised light applicator, further contraindications are:

  • Shining directly in one’s eyes (applicable in case of applying polarised light)
  • With metabolic disorders, where skin becomes photosensitive and while using photostimulating substances (applicable in case of applying polarised light)

Side effects:
While applying treatment, special caution should be paid to patients with hypertension and        hypotension (or with predisposition to it).
Individual effects and using magnetic therapy need to be judged upon particular conditions and reactions of individual patients.

In case of unexpected reaction, immediately cease application! Proceeding with application is recommended only after seeing your attending physician based on the recommended course of action.

This list of contraindications is only general. Always heed list of contraindications in the updated version of the original guide. This guide was provided to you by the        producer along with your device.