What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is simply 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 struggling with sciatica can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, usually on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences is dependent on the location of the nerve compression.
In certain cases the pain may be very minor, while in others it could be incapacitating and severe. Although most people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen gradually or persist for a lot longer. It all depends on the underlying source.
Sciatica and Nerve Deterioration.
Although it is rare, in some instances sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that creates the sciatica pain usually is reversible.
Symptoms of a more critical medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where Exactly the Sciatic Nerve is Located?
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They stretch out from the lower back all the way 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 nerves. Generally, a herniated disc puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Many times, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them erroneously think that the sciatica is due to some kind of problem within the leg.
Other causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, , trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury.
Any Person Can Easily Have Sciatica.
Most people believe that sciatica is something that merely effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s right that sedentary people are more susceptible for sciatica, it in reality can affect active people also, particularly if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights often.
In most cases, sciatica will 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.
How to Treat Sciatica.
Another more natural and less invasive sciatica treatment option is , non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By naturally decompressing the involved spinal discs pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing sciatica, contact us today for your free consultation. 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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