Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is caused by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve induced by a compression.
Some people experiencing sciatica can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, generally on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences depends upon the area of the nerve compression.
In many cases the pain may be very mild, while in others it may be intense and incapacitating. 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. Everything depends upon the underlying root cause.
Sciatica and also Nerve Damage.
Even though it is rare, in some instances sciatica can bring about irreversible nerve damage. The irritation of the nerve that induces the sciatica pain usually is reversible.
Symptoms of a more serious medical complication include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Exactly Where the Sciatic Nerve is Found:
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 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 foot.
Sciatica is brought on by the irritation of one or both of these nerves. Typically, a herniated disc places pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
In many cases, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them erroneously 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 Easily Have Sciatica.
People believe that sciatica is something that only effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s true 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 weights often.
Sciatica will typically 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 treatment plans are recommended.
Sciatica Therapy Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By lightly decompressing the involved spinal disks pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can go away.
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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