Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is caused by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve triggered by a compression.
Some people suffering from sciatica may experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, typically on one side of the body. The type and level of pain a person experiences depends upon the location of the nerve compression.
In some instances the pain can be very minor, while in others it could be intense and devastating. Although most people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen with time or persist for a lot longer. Everything depends on the underlying root cause.
Sciatica and also Nerve Deterioration.
Although it is rare, in some instances sciatica can cause irreversible nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain generally is reversible.
Symptoms of a more critical medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where the Sciatic Nerve is Found
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They stretch out from the lower back completely down to the toes.
Sciatic nerves leave 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 caused by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Usually, a herniated disk places pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Frequently, people suffering from sciatica have leg pain, which makes them erroneously 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.
People think that sciatica is something that only effects people who have a sedentary lifestyle. And while it’s true that sedentary people are more at risk to get sciatica, it really can affect active people as well, particularly if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy loads often.
Sciatica will typically resolve on its own within a few weeks. Therapy options include exercise, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized treatment plans are suggested.
Sciatica Therapy Options.
Another more natural and less invasive sciatica therapy option is , non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By naturally decompressing the involved spinal discs pressure on the sciatic nerve can be eased and the pain from sciatica can go away.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with sciatica, contact us today for your free consultation. Our medical specialists 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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