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“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
Resources www.niams.nih.gov -- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases www.aaos.org -- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons www.arthritis.org -- Arthritis Foundation www.spine.org -- North American Spine Society www.apta.org -- American Physical Therapy Association www.ampainsoc.org -- American Pain Society www.theacpa.org -- American Chronic Pain Association www.iasp-pain.org -- International Association for the Study of Pain
Imagine yourself on the cruise ship of life. Everything is sailing along nicely until chronic pain throws you overboard. Yikes! While everyone else is having a grand time onboard eating, drinking and being merry, you are floating in a sea of pain, isolated and scared. What should you do? Should you shout for help, telling everyone that you are in pain? Or should you float away? Should you reach for the social life-preserving ring that is thrown your way? Or should you just keep floating away towards some distant island ? Let's take a three minute tour of your social life.
You might be very introverted and private. When pain strikes, an introvert might have the tendency to dive deep into a self-chasm. Or you might be extroverted and outgoing. An extrovert might try to hide the pain in order to continue to be the "life of the party." In both scenarios, you are choosing not to tell friends and family that you are in pain. This choice may not be the best choice. What if your unknowi...
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