Understanding Sciatica Pain
Sciatica is simply 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 brought about by a compression.
Some people suffering from sciatica also can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, typically on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences hinges on the specific location of the nerve compression.
In many instances the pain might be very moderate, while in others it could be severe and incapacitating. Although the majority of people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen in time or persist for a lot longer. It all is dependent on the underlying cause.
Sciatica plus Nerve Destruction.
It is unusual, however in some instances sciatica can result in irreversible nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that induces the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more critical medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Exactly 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 exit 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 brought on by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Typically, a herniated disk applies pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Often, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them incorrectly think that the sciatica is due to some sort of problem within the leg.
Other causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Any Person Can Easily Have Sciatica.
People think that sciatica is something that only effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s right that sedentary people are more at risk for sciatica, it actually 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 itself 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 Options.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By naturally decompressing the involved spinal disks pressure on the sciatic nerve can be eased and the pain from sciatica can go away.
If you or somebody you know is dealing with sciatica, contact us today for your free consultation. Our medical practitioners can tell you if non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your sciatica and other pain and spinal issues.
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