What is Sciatica?

The Sciatic Nerve is the large nerve that runs form your lower back, down both sides of the buttocks, and continues down the back of each leg. It is the major ‘root nerve’ for the body’s entire lower half. This large nerve connects all other nerves in the lower extremities with the spinal cord.

When the sciatic nerve is injured or impaired in some way it can cause a whole host of problems. Some of which you may not have even have considered to be linked to your spine. Numbness in the legs or feet, causing balance issues or falls can be one of them.

The main side effect from sciatic nerve damage is lower back pain that can cause a sharp, shooting pain to radiate into the buttocks, and if left untreated, can worsen to extend further down the back side of the legs. For many people, this can quickly become a debilitating health concern.

How Do You Know That It Is the Sciatic Nerve?

Here are some of the most common symptoms of sciatic nerve damage:

  • Pinching or pulling sensation in the lower back
  • Pain that radiates to the buttocks that is worse when sitting
  • Pain that shoots down the back of the leg
  • Numbness in the leg
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Sharp lower back pain while lying flat
  • Unable to set up from supine position due to pain

The Sciatic Nerve can cause any of these symptoms to occur when it is pinched or damaged. Most cases require medical or chiropractic care to correct the underlying issue the nerve is having.

What Causes Sciatica?

90% of Sciatica pain is caused by a spinal disc herniation due to a trauma or an underlying medical condition. Spinal disc herniation’s can bulge out and press on one of the lumbar nerves or the sacral nerve causing extreme pain.

There are other less common causes such as spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, and pelvic tumors. Even compression by a baby’s head during pregnancy can cause a temporary condition of Sciatica. Although most sciatic pain that is caused by pregnancy is usually relieved after the mother gives birth because the cause of the nerve compression is removed.

How Can Sciatica Be Relieved?

There are several proven whys to help alleviate the pain caused by Sciatica. Several of which can be done in the comfort of your home.

  1. Apply Hot and Cold

Applying alternative hot and cold treatments can help relieve the swelling due to the irritation of the nerve, speeding oxygen and nutrients to the injured site.

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  1. Back Support Aids

Long periods of sitting can exacerbate the sciatic nerve and cause extra inflammation and stiffness to occur. The use of a support pillow can reduce pressure on the lower back and upper buttocks.

  1. Massages

A massage that includes the muscles of the buttocks and backs of the legs can help relieve the pain associated with Sciatica.

Treating your Sciatica symptoms do not have to involve long, drawn-our processes. The steps listed above can be done at any time, and as often as needed.

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