Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg, often into the foot and toes. It is brought on by an irritation of the sciatic nerve generated by a compression.
Some people dealing with sciatica also can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, usually on one side of the body. The type and level of pain a person experiences is dependent on the site of the nerve compression.
In certain instances the pain may be very minor, while in others it might be extreme and incapacitating. Although most individuals will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen gradually or persist for much longer. It all depends upon the underlying source.
Sciatica and also Nerve Deterioration.
It is unusual, however in some instances sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that creates the sciatica pain usually is reversible.
Symptoms of a more serious medical complication include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Exactly 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 feet.
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 feet.
Sciatica is brought on by the irritation of one or both of these particular nerves. Usually, a herniated disk places pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Frequently, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them mistakenly think that the sciatica is due to some sort of problem within the leg.
Other sources of sciatica can include spinal tumors, , trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury.
Anyone Can Have Sciatica.
Many people think that sciatica is something that just effects people who have a sedentary lifestyle. And while it’s true that sedentary people are more at risk to get sciatica, it in reality can affect active people too, particularly if they take part in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights frequently.
For the most part, 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 therapy plans are recommended.
Sciatica Therapy Options.
Another more natural and less invasive sciatica treatment option is gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. By gently decompressing the involved spinal discs pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can go away.
Contact us today for your free consultation if you or somebody you know is suffering from sciatica. Our medical practitioners 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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