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Sciatica

Sciatica medical cannabis treatment

Sciatica is a condition that affects millions around the world, causing extreme irritation to the sciatic nerve, which runs from the bottom of the spine down the legs to the feet, resulting in extreme, debilitating pain. Since their legalisation in 2018, sciatica medical cannabis treatments have proven to be successful candidates in sciatic pain management.

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13 - 40%

of the UK will experience sciatica during their lifetime

68%

of UK adults would consider medical cannabis treatments

Number 1

condition treated with medical cannabis in the UK is chronic pain

44%

decrease in pain seen with sciatica medical cannabis treatments

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Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Articles on Sciatica

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21. 09. 2023

Can you get a medical card for sciatica in the UK?

Sciatica is a condition characterised by the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, which extends from your lower back down to your feet. This nerve plays a crucial role in transmitting sensory and motor signals to and from the lower limbs. While most cases of sciatica resolve within 4 to 6 weeks, it is possible for the symptoms to persist for a longer duration. The discomfort experienced can vary from mild to severe, often accompanied by pain, tingling, or numbness along the affected leg. Seeking appropriate medical attention and implementing targeted treatments can help alleviate the symptoms and promote a quicker recovery.

29. 09. 2023

A guide to medicinal cannabinoids for pain

With the introduction of medical cannabis here in the UK, patients are now able to access cannabis based medical products (CBMPs) in the treatment of pain. And while this is great news for many, the world of CBMPs can be daunting – especially when there are so many cannabinoids at play.

06. 09. 2023

Is medical cannabis effective in managing pain?

Medical cannabis is proving an effective option to help manage most types of pain. While medical cannabis research is still in the preliminary stage, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that cannabinoid-based treatments can be an effective addition to traditional pain management solutions. Studies have also shown that it can improve quality of life, reduce opioid dependence, and improve sleep – all issues that can be caused or aggravated by pain.

Symptoms

Pain in the legs, feet, toes, bottom or back

Tingling sensations

Loss of sensation or numbness

Feeling weak

Limited movement

Poor or weak reflexes

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have sciatica. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Sciatica typically improves within 4 to 6 weeks, but for some, sciatica can be a chronic, long-lasting condition. Regular exercise, and conventional over the counter pain medications can be used for short term treatment, but in more chronic cases doctors can prescribe a number of different treatments or recommend physiotherapy.

Co-codamol

Naproxen

Diclofenac

Amitriptyline

Gabapentin

Physiotherapy

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments to manage sciatica, medical cannabis treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now.
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A word from our specialist

"Many conditions that lead to chronic pain often respond poorly to conventional pharmaceutical medications. More and more is being understood about how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the more well known pain pathways to work synergistically with these conventional medications. Chronic pain comes with a variety of associated symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and reduced appetite – all of which treatment with medical cannabis can improve."

Dr David Tang

Chronic Pain Specialist

Can medical cannabis help sciatica pain?