What is Sciatica?
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 triggered by a compression.
Some people dealing with sciatica also 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 instances the pain might be very light, while in others it could be severe and debilitating. Although 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 hinges on the underlying source.
Sciatica plus Nerve Deterioration.
It is rare, however in some instances sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage. The irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain generally is reversible.
Symptoms of a more serious medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Exactly Where the Sciatic Nerve is Situated:
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They stretch out from the lower back all the way 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 nerves. Typically, a herniated disk puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
In many cases, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them mistakenly think that the sciatica is due to some sort of problem within the leg.
Other sources of sciatica can include spinal tumors, , trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Any Person Can Easily Have Sciatica.
Most people believe that sciatica is something that only effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s right that sedentary people are more susceptible to get sciatica, it actually can affect active people too, specifically if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy loads frequently.
Most of the times, 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.
Sciatica Treatment Options.
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 eased and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
Contact us today for your free consultation if you or somebody you know is suffering from 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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