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 inflammation of the sciatic nerve generated by a compression.
Some people experiencing sciatica may experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, usually on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences hinges on the site of the nerve compression.
In many instances the pain can be very minor, while in others it might be intense and devastating. 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 depends on the underlying cause.
Sciatica plus Nerve Damage.
It is unusual, however in some instances sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more critical medical complication include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Exactly Where 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 triggered by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Generally, a herniated disk puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Generally, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them erroneously think that the sciatica is caused by some sort of problem within the leg.
Other root 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 just effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s right that sedentary people are more at risk to get sciatica, it really can affect active people too, especially if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights routinely.
Sciatica will typically resolve on its own within a few weeks. Therapy options include exercise, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. 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 treatment. By gradually decompressing the involved spinal discs pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can go away.
Contact us today for your free consultation if you or somebody you know is struggling with sciatica. Our 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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