Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is triggered by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve generated by a compression.
Some people experiencing sciatica also may experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, generally on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences depends on the specific location of the nerve compression.
In some cases the pain might be very mild, while in others it can be severe and debilitating. 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 much longer. It all depends on the underlying source.
Sciatica plus Nerve Destruction.
It is uncommon, however in some instances sciatica can result in irreversible nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that induces the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more serious 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 reach out from the lower back completely down to the feet.
Sciatic nerves exit 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 foot.
Sciatica is brought on by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Typically, a herniated disc places pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Generally, people suffering from sciatica have leg pain, which makes them incorrectly 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 injury.
Anyone Can Easily Have Sciatica.
Most people believe that sciatica is something that just effects people who have a sedentary lifestyle. And while it’s correct that sedentary people are more susceptible for sciatica, it actually can affect active people as well, particularly if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights routinely.
Sciatica will typically resolve itself 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 suggested.
Sciatica Treatment Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By gradually decompressing the involved spinal disks 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 non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your sciatica and other pain and spinal issues.
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