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 caused by a compression.
Some people suffering from sciatica can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, usually on one side of the body. The type and level of pain a person experiences depends upon the area of the nerve compression.
In certain cases the pain may be very light, while in others it may be devastating and extreme. Although most people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen gradually or persist for much longer. Everything depends on the underlying root cause.
Sciatica and also Nerve Destruction.
It is uncommon, however in some instances sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage. But 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.
Specifically 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 triggered by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Typically, a herniated disc applies 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 root causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Anybody Can Have Sciatica.
Lots of people believe that sciatica is something that merely effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s correct that sedentary people are more at risk for sciatica, it really can affect active people as well, specifically if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights frequently.
Most of the times, 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 therapy plans are advised.
Sciatica Treatment Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica therapy option is non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By naturally decompressing the involved spinal disks 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 medical professionals 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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