Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve triggered by a compression.
Some people experiencing sciatica also may experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, normally on one side of the body. The type and level of pain a person experiences is dependent on the location of the nerve compression.
In some cases the pain may be very minor, while in others it could be devastating and severe. 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 cause.
Sciatica plus Nerve Damage.
It is unusual, however in some instances sciatica can result in irreversible nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain usually is reversible.
Symptoms of a more critical medical complication 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 extend from the lower back all the way down to 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 feet.
Sciatica is triggered by the irritation of one or both of these nerves. Usually, a herniated disc places pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Many times, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them erroneously think that the sciatica is due to some sort of problem within the leg.
Other causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Anyone Can Have Sciatica.
Lots of people think that sciatica is something that merely effects people who have an inactive lifestyle. And while it’s right that sedentary people are more susceptible for sciatica, it in reality can affect active people too, particularly if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy loads routinely.
Most of the times, sciatica will 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 Therapy Solutions.
Another more natural sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. By gently decompressing the involved spinal discs pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
If you or somebody you know is dealing with sciatica, contact us today for your consultation. Our 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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