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Everything You Need To Know About Sciatica

Date: Thu Mar 23 3:23:32 AEDT 2017
Know Everything About Sciatica

More than 40% people in the world are expected to experience sciatica at least once in their life. Sciatica is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerves that run from lumbar spine to buttocks, thighs, and back of the legs. A person suffering from sciatic pain is going to feel as if there is a big cramp in the leg along with shooting pain, which makes it difficult for the person to stand or walk.

What causes sciatica?

For those who think sciatica is a condition must erase that wrong information from their minds because sciatica is not a condition, but a symptom of other conditions. Herniated disc in the spine is the most common reason why people suffer from sciatica. Almost 90% of sciatica cases are associated with herniated disc.

As we all know that spinal discs are made up of cartilage, placed between vertebrae acting as cushions. A herniated disc is a condition in which the disc is pushed out of its place, thus putting pressure on the sciatic nerve roots.

It is not just the herniated disc that causes sciatica, but various other conditions. Here they are:

  1. Piriformis syndrome: This occurs when piriformis muscle in the buttocks spasms due to which, the pressure is exerted on the sciatic nerve.
  2. Spinal stenosis: This condition occurs when spinal canal narrows down and squeezing the sciatic nerve in the process.
  3. Spondylolisthesis: This condition arises when there is a slippage of the vertebrae that deplete the opening where sciatic nerve exits your spine.
  4. Spinal infection can also cause sciatica.
  5. Any injury that occurs to the spine can translate into sciatica.
  6. Spinal tumors also result in sciatica, as they compress the sciatic nerve.
  7. Cauda equine syndrome is a rare condition, but one can’t write it off. It affects the nerves present in the lower spinal cord and as a result, the person suffers from sciatica.

Sciatica and its treatment

Symptoms of sciatica

Shooting pains along the sciatic nerve, buttock, lumbar spine and the back of the leg are some of the symptoms of sciatica. The pain will be on one side of the body.

The pain is not that intense initially but can increase as a person stands, sit, sneeze or a cough. The pain can develop at once or take some time. The person will also experience numbness and tingling effect along the sciatic nerve as if some has stabbed needles into the body. Sciatica is mostly acute, but could be chronic as well. It usually lasts up to a couple of months and goes completely away within a year or two. Chronic sciatic on the other hand can last for more than eight weeks and requires more intensive treatment. A good news is that there are some excellent treatments for sciatica available these days.

Treatment for sciatica

If you are experiencing numbness and tingling in the back of your leg, then it could be sciatica. To confirm whether it is sciatica or any other problem, you must visit a reputed clinic such as Back Solutions Clinic, as they are quick and accurate in determining as to which problem you are suffering from. They will relieve your pain using the best treatment for sciatica. So, don’t wait and consult a doctor right now. There are some home remedies as well, so if those work for you, then that’s great, but if not, then take the help of a medical practitioner.

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