Management Of Back And Leg Pain In Ancient Medicine

Low back and sciatic pain has been one of the most common and disabling spinal disorders recorded in medical history. The role of the spinal canal's contents in extremity function is well demonstrated in the Dying Lioness (Fig. 1), a ca. 650 bc. Assyrian artwork. In the writings of Hippocrates (460-370 bc) one can find references to the anatomy of the brain, brachial plexus, and sciatic nerve. In animal dissections it appears that he had difficulty in differentiating tendons from peripheral...

History Of Surgical Management Of Sciatica

In the early twentieth century, laminectomy was being performed for the treatment of a variety of spinal disorders. In 1911, Goldthwait (16) described the management of a 39-yr-old male who underwent spinal manipulation, and then he developed paralysis in Fig. 5. Potrait of Domenico Cotugno. Fig. 5. Potrait of Domenico Cotugno. the lower extremities. His conservative management included plaster immobilization and rest. The patient failed to show improvement, and 6 wk later he underwent...