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“Choose a medical condition that interests you and research it. Write about the possible uses of hypnosis in the treatment of the condition as you see them.

In this essay I will be looking at the medical condition Sciatica, investigating both the physical and psychological aspects of the condition, and considering the role that hypnosis could play in its treatment. Firstly, Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. When something compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve, it can cause a pain that radiates out from your lower back and travels down your leg to your calf. Sciatic pain can range from being mild to very painful. A slipped disc is the most common identified cause of sciatica, but in some cases there is no obvious cause. Less common causes include spinal stenosis (narrowing of the nerve passages in the spine), injury, infection or a growth in the spine. Most people find their sciatic pain goes away naturally within a few days or weeks, but medical advice should be sought if any other symptoms are experienced together with back and leg pain, such as weight loss or loss of bladder or bowel control, or if increasingly more pain and discomfort is experienced or pain is too severe to manage with self-help measures. Acute sciatic pain occurs suddenly and usually heals within several days to weeks. Its severity relates directly to the extent of tissue injury and resolves with over time. It is often called acute mechanical back pain, because the source of the pain may be in the spinal joints, discs, vertebrae, or soft tissues. Chronic sciatic pain, on the other hand, persists (lasts more than…...

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