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Sciatica is a common back pain condition that begins in the lower part of your back and produces tingling, weakness, numbness or pain.
It travels down through your buttocks and then through the back part of your leg. Most sciatica sufferers who exhibit symptoms like the aforementioned get better within a matter of weeks without need for serious treatments like surgery. Some others, however, experience symptoms and pain so severe that they become incapacitated and are unable to function.
The symptoms of sciatica are widely varied. The sciatic nerve runs through many different muscles in your body from your lower back and through into your leg so there are a lot of different types of symptoms. You could find that you are experiencing pain and discomfort on one side of your rear end that extends into your leg. Worse, this pain can become worse, depending on what you are doing, like sitting on a sofa. The sciatic nerve splits into two separate parts and runs down each leg beginning at the tail bone, so symptoms are not always the same on each side of your body. I injured my back falling down a stairway to my basement several years ago, and I was told I had sciatica. After the initial period of severe pain that lasted for about a week, it gradually dissipated. But I experience periodic discomfort in one of my legs,which would go away in a couple of hours. It almost always occurred when I was in a newer movie theater with big soft seats. Some people feel a burning or tingling down both legs. There might also be numbness weakness, or pain when moving a leg or foot. Symptoms might also be as severe as feeling a constant pain on one side of the rear, or a sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk. As you probably know from personal experience, this pain is disruptive and needs to be fixed.
The term “sciatica” is not really a medical diagnosis. It is a symptom of more underlying condition in the lower back. It could be caused by stenosis of the spine or a herniated disc that is touching or irritating the sciatic nerve network. It is very important to understand the underlying cause of the sciatica to be able to properly diagnose the problem and then initiate a treatment aimed at the cause of the problem rather than merely addressing the symptoms of the sciatica, because unless you treat the cause of your sciatic pain, it will never be cured.
Sciatica most usually develops in people between the 35 to 55 age group and comes about gradually, and not by some trauma as was the case with me. Sciatic pain tends to develop over time as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower back. The clinical diagnosis of sciatica is referred to as a “radiculopathy” and it means that a spinal is out of place from its normal position in the spinal column. Because of this, it is putting pressure on the nerve root (radicular nerve) in the low back, which forms part of the sciatic nerve.
Symptoms of sciatica can usually be treated through exercise that strengthens muscles within the back and legs. An easy way to do this is just by walking. If you start gradually and progress to walking up to three miles a day at a brisk pace, it’ll usually do wonders for your back pain. It’s great for your lower back and is a low-impact exercise that can provide strength and flexibility to muscles, and ultimately relieve sciatica pain. Aerobic exercise is another great way to relieve your sciatica pain and discomfort. It strengthens muscles associated with sciatica pain, plus it is great for general body fitness.
The most important thing to do for sciatica relief is to seek the advice of a medical professional and I recommend you start with a chiropractor. He or she can give you the correct diagnosis for your pain and rule out any more serious problems. Remember that 90% of back pain cases do not require surgery. However, if the diagnosis is that you do have spinal stenosis, surgery may be needed.The proper treatments differ based on the condition that is causing the sciatic pain, so you should not try to self-treat your sciatica before consulting back pain specialist.