Understanding Sciatica Pain
Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is triggered by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve triggered by a compression.
Some people experiencing sciatica may experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, typically on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences depends upon the location of the nerve compression.
In some cases the pain might be very moderate, while in others it might be incapacitating and severe. Although most people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen with time or persist for much longer. Everything depends upon the underlying source.
Sciatica and Nerve Deterioration.
Even though it is rare, in some instances sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage. The irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more dangerous medical issue include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Exactly Where the Sciatic Nerve is Located:
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They stretch out from the lower back completely down to the toes of the feet.
Sciatic nerves leave the spine between two vertebrae in the lower back and travel behind the hip joint down the buttocks and along the back of each leg into the feet.
Sciatica is caused by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Usually, a herniated disk applies pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Generally, people suffering from sciatica have leg pain, which makes them wrongly think that the sciatica is due to some kind of problem within the leg.
Other root causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury.
Any Person Can Have Sciatica.
Most people believe that sciatica is something that only effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s correct that sedentary people are more susceptible to get sciatica, it in reality can affect active people too, particularly if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights often.
In most cases, sciatica will resolve on its own within a few weeks. Treatment options include exercise, physical therapy. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized therapy plans are suggested.
Sciatica Treatment Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By lightly decompressing the involved spinal discs pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
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