Sciatica is simply a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is brought on by an irritation of the sciatic nerve generated by a compression.
Some people struggling with sciatica can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, generally 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 cases the pain may be very light, while in others it can be intense and incapacitating. Although most individuals will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen in time or persist for a lot longer. It all depends on the underlying source.
Sciatica and also Nerve Destruction.
Though it is rare, in some instances sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage. The irritation of the nerve that causes the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more serious medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where Exactly 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.
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 caused by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Generally, a herniated disk applies pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Many times, people suffering from 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, , trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Any Person Can Easily Have Sciatica.
Lots of people think that sciatica is something that just effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s correct that sedentary people are more at risk to get sciatica, it in reality can affect active people too, particularly if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy loads regularly.
For the most part, sciatica will resolve on its own within a few weeks. Therapy options include exercise, physical therapy. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized treatment plans are advised.
Sciatica Therapy Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By gently decompressing the involved spinal disks pressure on the sciatic nerve can be eased and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from sciatica, contact us today for your free consultation. Our medical practitioners 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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