Sciatica Pain Explained
Sciatica is simply a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is brought on by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve induced by a compression.
Some people suffering from sciatica also can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, usually on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences depends upon the specific location of the nerve compression.
In certain cases the pain might be very minor, while in others it may be intense and incapacitating. The majority of people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen over time or persist for much longer. Everything hinges on the underlying cause.
Sciatica and Nerve Deterioration.
Even though it is rare, in some instances sciatica can bring about irreversible nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that creates the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more critical medical issue include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where the Sciatic Nerve is Found:
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They extend from the lower back completely down to the toes of the feet.
Sciatic nerves exit 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 foot.
Sciatica is caused by the irritation of one or both of these nerves. Generally, a herniated disc applies pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Frequently, people suffering from sciatica have leg pain, which makes them incorrectly think that the sciatica is caused by some kind of problem within the leg.
Other causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury.
Any Person Can Have Sciatica.
Lots of people believe that sciatica is something that merely effects people who have a sedentary lifestyle. And while it’s true that sedentary people are more susceptible to get sciatica, it in reality can affect active people too, especially if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights routinely.
Sciatica will typically resolve itself within a few weeks. Therapy options include exercise, physical therapy. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized therapy plans are recommended.
Sciatica Therapy Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. By lightly decompressing the involved spinal disks pressure on the sciatic nerve can be eased and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
Contact us today for your free consultation if you or somebody you know is suffering from sciatica. Our medical experts can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your sciatica and other pain and spinal issues.
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