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 triggered 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 amount of pain a person experiences hinges on the location of the nerve compression.
In many instances the pain may be very moderate, while in others it can be devastating and extreme. Most 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 hinges on the underlying root cause.
Sciatica plus Nerve Damage
Although it is rare, in some instances sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage. The irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain typically is reversible.
Symptoms of a more dangerous medical issue include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where the Sciatic Nerve is Located
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They reach out from the lower back all the way down to the toes of the feet.
Sciatic nerves exit 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 feet.
Sciatica is caused by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Usually, a herniated disk puts pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Often, people suffering from sciatica have leg pain, which makes them incorrectly think that the sciatica is caused by some kind of problem within the leg.
Other root causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, , trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Anybody Can Have Sciatica
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 for sciatica, it actually can affect active people as well, particularly if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights frequently.
In most cases, sciatica will resolve on its own within a few weeks. Treatment options include exercise, physical therapy. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized treatment plans are advised.
Sciatica Therapy Solutions
Another more natural and less invasive sciatica therapy option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. By lightly decompressing the involved spinal discs pressure on the sciatic nerve can be eased and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
If you or somebody you know is dealing with sciatica, contact us today for your free consultation. Our medical professionals 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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