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 inflammation of the sciatic nerve brought about 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 amount of pain a person experiences depends upon the site of the nerve compression.
In certain instances the pain may be very minor, while in others it might be severe and incapacitating. Although most individuals will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen in time or persist for much longer. It all depends on the underlying cause.
Sciatica and Nerve Destruction.
Although it is rare, in some instances sciatica can lead to permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that triggers the sciatica pain generally 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 reach out from the lower back completely 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 brought on by the irritation of one or both of these nerves. Usually, a herniated disk applies pressure on the sciatic nerve root.
Often, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them incorrectly think that the sciatica is caused by some sort of problem within the leg.
Other root causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or injury.
Anyone Can Easily Have Sciatica.
Many 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 fact can affect active people also, particularly if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy weights frequently.
For the most part, 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 advised.
Sciatica Therapy Options.
Another more natural and less invasive sciatica treatment option is , non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. By gradually decompressing the involved spinal disks pressure on the sciatic nerve can be eased and the pain from sciatica can disappear.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing sciatica, contact us today for your free consultation. Our medical experts 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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