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(English) Treating sciatica in Bangkok

Hi, this is Ble from J-CLINIC Ekkamai branch in Bangkok. Today I want to talk about sciatica, which affects many people.

Sciatica is a type of neuralgia, or pain along a nerve, caused by an aggravation of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica can have many causes, including lumbar disc herniation, spinal canal stenosis, and piriformis syndrome.

The main symptoms are pain and numbness that radiate from the buttocks to the back of the thighs, knees, calves, and toes. Some people may experience leg cramps.

[ A patient case ]

Mr. S (male, 50 years old) lives in Bangkok. He frequently travels for overseas business trips. Mr. S tried to lift a heavy bag during one of these trips and experienced a strong pain that ran from his left buttock to his toes. When he came to J-CLINIC, even sitting still hurt the back of his thigh.

[ Treatment at J-CLINIC ]

1. Massage: Our therapists massaged Mr. S’s right leg muscle, which had become stiff from the effort to shield the painful left side, and the back muscle, which had been strained from long-distance travels and desk work.

2. High-voltage electric therapy: We used our high-voltage electric therapy machine to ease the pain in Mr. S’s left buttock.

3. Advice: We showed Mr. S how to better stand and walk.
Mr. S tended to be “left-heavy” in his daily life, whether walking, standing, or holding a bag. As a result, the muscles of his left buttock had become stiff. When he picked up the heavy case, the sudden strong pressure on the buttock most likely aggravated the sciatic nerve and triggered sciatica.

In his case, Mr. S can help prevent sciatica from recurring by being aware of his own “left-heaviness” and by getting regular physical maintenance.

If you think you might have sciatica, contact us at J-CLINIC.

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