Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is triggered by an irritation of the sciatic nerve generated by a compression.
Some people experiencing sciatica also may experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, typically on one side of the body. The type and level of pain a person experiences is dependent on the location of the nerve compression.
In certain instances the pain might be very moderate, while in others it may be incapacitating and severe. Although the majority of people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen over time or persist for a lot longer. Everything depends upon the underlying source.
Sciatica Plus Nerve Deterioration.
Even though it is rare, in some instances sciatica can lead to permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain usually is reversible.
Symptoms of a more serious medical issue include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where the Sciatic Nerve is Found:
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They reach 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 nerves. Generally, a herniated disc puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Often, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them erroneously think that the sciatica is due to some sort of problem within the leg.
Other sources of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury.
Anyone Can Easily Have Sciatica.
Lots of 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 susceptible for sciatica, it actually can affect active people too, particularly if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights routinely.
For the most part, sciatica will 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 treatment plans are suggested.
Sciatica Treatment Solutions.
Another more natural and less invasive sciatica treatment 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.
Contact us today for your free consultation if you or somebody you know is struggling with sciatica. 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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