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 induced by a compression.
Some people struggling with sciatica 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 site of the nerve compression.
In some cases the pain can be very moderate, while in others it could 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 is dependent on the underlying cause.
Sciatica and Nerve Destruction.
Although it is rare, in some instances sciatica can cause irreversible nerve damage. The irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more dangerous medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Specifically Where the Sciatic Nerve is Located:
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They stretch out from the lower back all the way down to the toes.
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 feet.
Sciatica is brought on by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Generally, a herniated disk puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Generally, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them wrongly think that the sciatica is due to some kind of problem within the leg.
Other sources of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury.
Anyone Can Have Sciatica.
Lots of people think that sciatica is something that only effects people who have a sedentary lifestyle. And while it’s correct that sedentary people are more susceptible to get sciatica, it in fact can affect active people also, specifically if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights frequently.
Sciatica will typically 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 therapy plans are recommended.
Sciatica Therapy Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By lightly 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 struggling with sciatica. 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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