sciatica treatment singapore

Sciatica Treatment Singapore - What is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to the severe pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, often described as “lightning” in nature and travels from the lower back to the back of the knee and then to the bottom of the sole. It could also present as deep aching pain/ burning pain or pins & needles (paraesthesia).

It is usually caused by a slipped disc (prolapsed intervertebral disc) resulting in impingement of the nerve. Depends on the size and location of the slipped disc, the most severe form can result in loss of functions of the lower limbs and the control of bower and bladder (Cauda Equina Syndrome). Due to the level of pain involved, Sciatica Treatment is highly advised in Singapore.

Sciatica Treatment in Singapore - Symptoms

Similar symptoms can occur in the neck (cervical spine) as well, the pain will radiates from the neck to the tips of fingers, associated with weakness of the hands or feeling clumsy (loss of hand dexterity, unable to write or use utensils properly).

Sciatica Treatment in Singapore - Assessment

At HC Orthopaedic Surgery, we will take a thorough history, X rays, MRI scan of the spine and physical examination to fully evaluate the cause of sciatica, as well as to exclude any other sinister cause such as pathological fractures and cancer spread to the spine (metastasis). In Singapore, Sciatica treatment should only be administered after sufficient evaluation has been conducted.

Sciatica Treatment in Singapore - The Methods

Depending on the size and the site of the slipped disc, Sciatica treatment in Singapore is individualized and can be divided into:

  1. Non operative
    1. Anti-inflammatory medications, traction therapy, core strengthening and lifestyle modification
    2. Nerve root block
  2. Surgery
    1. Minimally invasive
      • Nucleoplasty (radiofrequency ablation)
      • Micro-discectomy
    2. Open
      • Discectomy
      • Decompression and instrumentation
spinal decompression

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