Sciatica is simply 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 induced 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 hinges on the site of the nerve compression.
In many cases the pain may be very light, while in others it might be intense and debilitating. Although the majority of people 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 is dependent on the underlying source.
Sciatica plus Nerve Deterioration.
Although it is rare, in some instances sciatica can lead to permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that induces 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 Situated:
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They reach out from the lower back completely down to the toes of the feet.
Sciatic nerves leave 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 foot.
Sciatica is triggered by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Usually, a herniated disk places pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Often, people suffering from sciatica have leg pain, which makes them incorrectly think that the sciatica is due to some sort of problem within the leg.
Other root causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Anybody Can Easily Have Sciatica.
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 susceptible to get sciatica, it in reality can affect active people also, particularly if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy loads often.
Most of the times, sciatica will resolve itself within a few weeks. Treatment options include exercise, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized treatment plans are recommended.
Sciatica Treatment Solutions.
Another more natural and less invasive sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. 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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