My wife has had awful sciatica pain since giving birth to our son four years ago. She's just changed over her fitness regime to include a lot of yoga. She's virtually had zero issues with sciatica since. Hers was debilitating to the point where she could not walk.
I am no doctor, but the majority is caused by lifting reasonably heavy things, and doing the lifting by not getting someone else to help or bending knees etc.This is some scary shit reading all this. What are the preventative actions needed to avoid this from happening ? sounds like keeping fit and healthy, not lifting heavy objects without bending your back. But more down to luck than anything else ? Is playing rugby at a rip age of 40 a bad idea ? I can’t imagine the pain but have a good idea having read this thread.
I found that tummeric capsules helped me allievate my pain.I'm a rather "heavy set" individual who always used to have lower back or neck problems. I rarely have them anymore. Reason is that in 2002 I started seeing a chiropractor, and I have never been better.
What a chiropractor look at is trying to keep your spine in proper alignment so that all the vertebrae are properly spaced, as quite often most back pain is caused by a misalignment of your spine which sees one of the discs of your vertebrae pressing on the nerves of your spinal column. A chiropractor manipulates your spine so that those vertebrae are in alignment. The "crack" you hear when they do it is just the air escaping as the discs come into alignment.
Now they are not cheap. My chiro costs some $85 per consultation. When I started seeing him, I had to go in for adjustments three times a week for 3 months, then twice a week for a further 2 months. Now I go in once a fortnight. Have had none of the problems I used to have at all since I started seeing him.
If you have private health insurance, many plans do cover chiropractic.
Weight loss does help, but so does regular stretching especially of the hamstrings, as your hammies are connected to the base of your spine. Tight hamstrings can impact on your spine, and hence lead to problems which will cause back pain.