Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve induced by a compression.
Some people experiencing sciatica also can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, normally on one side of the body. The type and level of pain a person experiences depends upon the site of the nerve compression.
In certain cases the pain might be very moderate, while in others it might be debilitating and extreme. Most people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen over time or persist for much longer. It all is dependent on the underlying root cause.
Sciatica and Nerve Damage.
It is rare, however in some instances sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain generally is reversible.
Symptoms of a more critical medical complication include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where the Sciatic Nerve is Situated?
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They stretch out from the lower back completely down to the toes.
Sciatic nerves leave the spine between two vertebrae in the lower back and travel behind the hip joint down the buttock and along the back of each leg into the feet.
Sciatica is caused by the irritation of one or both of these nerves. Usually, a herniated disc puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Many times, people suffering from sciatica have leg pain, which makes them mistakenly think that the sciatica is caused by some sort of problem within the leg.
Other sources of sciatica can include spinal tumors, , trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Anybody Can Easily Have Sciatica.
Most people think that sciatica is something that merely effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s correct that sedentary people are more at risk for sciatica, it really can affect active people also, particularly if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy loads regularly.
Sciatica will typically resolve on its own within a few weeks. Treatment options include exercise, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized therapy plans are suggested.
Sciatica Treatment Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica therapy option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By lightly decompressing the involved spinal disks pressure on the sciatic nerve can be eased and the pain from sciatica can go away.
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