Almost 40% of Americans experience sciatica — a group of symptoms caused by sciatic nerve compression — at some point during their lives. Inflammation in your lower spine and the muscles of your lower back and buttocks is a common cause of sciatica. Targeted Medical Nutrition, based in the Beverly Crest area of Los Angeles, California, has been developing medical food products to reduce inflammation and pain, related to conditions like sciatica, for over a decade. If you want to learn how medical foods can fit into your sciatica treatment plan, contact Targeted Medical Nutrition today.
Sciatica is the name for the collection of symptoms that occur when swelling, injury, or skeletal deformity compresses your sciatic nerve. While sciatica is often considered synonymous with low back pain, that’s only one of the symptoms. Sciatica also includes:
Sciatica symptoms range in severity and can affect one or both of your legs, depending on the location of your sciatic nerve compression. The nerve starts in your lower back and extends downward, splitting to run down each of your legs.
Age, obesity, and diabetes increase your risk of sciatica. Additionally, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a career that requires you to move heavy objects around, you’re more likely to develop sciatica.
Nutrition can increase or decrease the inflammation in your body. Inflammation in your lower spine is a common cause of sciatica. If you have a diet that’s rich in antioxidant-rich foods like cruciferous vegetables and red and purple fruits like cherries and plums, you can reduce the inflammation that triggers sciatica pain and other symptoms. Additionally, nutrients and botanicals like vitamin B12, magnesium, bromelain, and curcumin can help manage inflammation and sciatica.
In addition to changing your diet, you or your doctor can incorporate medical foods into your sciatica treatment plan. Targeted Medical Pharma develops Theramine®, Trepadone®, and Percura® — medical food products that address the specific nutritional deficiencies associated with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions. In clinical trials, these innovative products have proven to be effective at addressing the specific nutritional deficiencies associated with chronic pain conditions and supporting nervous system health.
Theramine, Trepadone, and Percura improve the way your cells absorb and use amino acids and other nutrients that support balanced nervous system activity helping the body process pain and inflammatory signals more efficiently. Clinicians frequently use medical foods as a tool to help reduce your reliance on dangerous or ineffective medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and narcotics, both of which can cause unwanted side effects such as kidney damage or increase your risk of addiction.
Incorporating medical foods like AppTrim® and AppTrim-D® into your healthcare protocol can be beneficial for BMI and blood sugar. These medical foods include amino acids and polyphenol ingredients that support the altered metabolic processes associated with obesity. A medically supervised diet can help you lose weight, lower your risk of diabetes and possibly improve other health conditions like sciatica.
Contact Targeted Medical Pharma today if you want to learn more about how medical foods can help you manage nerve pain and discomfort.