Sciatica Causes

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For many sufferers, having sciatica is a painful experience. Though sciatica symptoms are not continuous, there may be times when a person will feel severe pain in the lower back. Commonly, sciatica pain can be felt on one side of the body, starting from the lower back, to the buttocks, the thighs and down to the lower leg. Usually, a person suffering from sciatica feels pain constantly on one side and rarely on both legs.

 

 

Sciatica Symptoms

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For many sufferers, having sciatica is a painful experience. Though sciatica symptoms are not continuous, there may be times when a person will feel severe pain in the lower back. Commonly, sciatica pain can be felt on one side of the body, starting from the lower back, to the buttocks, the thighs and down to the lower leg. Usually, a person suffering from sciatica feels pain constantly on one side and rarely on both legs.

 

 

Exercises For Sciatica

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One of the important sciatica treatment methods is by doing the various sciatica exercises recommended by physical therapists. It is essential that a person knows the main cause of the sciatica pain he is experiencing so that the right exercise for this condition can be determined. These sciatica exercises are easy to follow. Sciatica exercise is one of the proven solutions to relieve your body from the searing pain caused by pressured sciatica nerve. This is a good way to avoid the annoying and painful experience caused by sciatica.



Stretches For Sciatica

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Various stretching techniques could help alleviate the pain felt by a person suffering from sciatica. Sciatica stretches are classified into two. One is designed to reduce the tension on the surrounding muscles like the piriformis. This muscle usually put pressure on the sciatic nerve thus causing the pain. The second one is designed to align the spine in its proper positioning so it will not compress the sciatic nerve pain near it. The spinal discs are placed in its proper place, which is away from the nerve which in turn prevents further irritation and pressure.


Sciatica Relief

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One of the painful conditions that are becoming common to many people right now is sciatica. This happens when a person’s sciatic nerve along the lower back is irritated, impinged or pressured. The sciatic nerve is considered to be the largest nerve of a human body. When it is compressed, a person usually feels numbness and a tingling pain in the affected area. There are many types of sciatica relief available, and it is best to find the one suited for your condition.



Sciatica Physical Therapy

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When the sciatic pain of a patient does not improve for about three or four weeks, it is sometimes necessary that the person should undergo physical therapy to ease the pain on the affected areas. It is important that it is administered by a professional physical therapist to avoid any further damage on the affected parts of the body. Planning the physical therapy program is essential so that the steps are taken one at a time. An expert therapist can easily address the concerns of the patient.



Sciatica Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is one of the common causes of sciatica. Although there are pregnant women who do not experience this condition. Many believed that the sciatic nerve is caused when the weight of the baby put pressure on the sciatic nerve, but this has no scientific basis yet. There are other reasons behind the pain a pregnant woman feels. Sometimes, the pain in the legs and pelvic area are mistaken as sciatica. The severity of sciatic pain varies among pregnant women. Most of the time, the pain disappears after the woman gave birth.






Sciatica Treatments

Sciatica, in general, is the pain that is felt within the lower extremity part of the body. This is a result of a sciatic nerve irritation. More specifically, the pain caused by sciatica is normally felt in the lower back or the lumbar area reaching behind the thigh and extending below the part of the knee. Sciatica pain is also referred as sciatic nerve pain.

The Role of Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve, as a result of various medical studies, is the biggest nerve found in the human body. As a matter of fact, this nerve starts from the nerve roots within the lumbar spinal cordin or in the low back and is extended to the buttock area. The primary function of this is to send the nerve endings to the lower part of the limb. Thus, it is this part of the body that is more affected when sciatica is being felt by the patient.


Two Major Types of Sciatica Treatments

Various researched on the treatment for sciatica have been studied. From these various studies, two major types of treatments have been discovered and classified. The first is the self-treatment, and the other one is the treatments involving medical assistance


Self- Treatment


1. Put some ice on the affected area.

Self-treatment can be done at home. One kind of treatment that is classified under this is using ice in order for the pain to ease. It is necessary for you to use ice during the first hours of the treatment, 48 hours to be specific. Put the ice on the affected area where pain is generally felt. Make use of the ice for about 10 minutes and then take it off after that. Put it on again after 10 minutes have passed and count another ten minutes before taking it off again. Do this two to three times. This will lessen the inflammation and will stop sciatica from getting any worse.


2. Do some exercise and stretching.

The second one that is classified under self-treatment is doing some stretching. In your body is a muscle which is referred to as the piriformis muscle. This muscle is where the sciatic nerves can be found. Thus, by doing some stretching with this muscle, you can ease the sciatic pain immediately.


3. Check if your pelvis is balanced.

The third self-treatment is called pelvis balance. Pelvis is the one that keeps everything in our body balanced. Hence, if your pelvis is balanced, the tension that you feel will lessen, not only on the part of your body, which is affected by the sciatic but also to the other areas of your body.

This can be done by lying on a flat surface and placing your hand under each of the pelvis sides. The pelvis side is where you usually put your belt on. While doing this, try to feel if one side is more pressured than the other. If you felt that one side of the pelvis is more pressured than the other then it is not balanced.


4. Be active.

The last kind of self treatment is to keep on moving being active. For example, if you are sitting for hours, the muscles of your lower back will tighten quicker than it normally does when you are moving. This tightening of the muscle contributes to sciatic pain. This is the main reason why it is more painful in the morning after waking up. Thus, moving will help you ease the pain a little. Be active. Most physicians recommend that walking is one of the best remedies of sciatic pain. Others recommend a more specific activity other than walking.



Treatments Involving Medical Assistance

Another classification of sciatica treatment is that which needs medical assistance. In general, there are two treatments that are included in this type. The first one is to take medicines, and the second is surgery.


1. NSAID Medicines are highly recommended.

When taking medicines for sciatic pain, the best medicines that are being recommended by many doctors are those with Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. An example of a medicine with NSAID is ibuprofen.

However, if the sciatic pain that you are experiencing is already unbearable, you have to take codeine. This is a medicine which is meant for those having acute sciatica.


2. Surgery must be your last resort.

Another kind of sciatica treatment is that of surgery. This is the treatment that is usually done when all the above-mentioned cures and preventions have already been executed but no signs of improvement have shown.

In cases like that of ‘herniated discs’, laminectomy is needed. Laminectomy is a surgical procedure wherein a portion of our posterior arch in the body is being removed in order to relieve the pressure caused by the pinched nerve tissues. In cases of ‘spinal stenosis’, the portion of the bone that is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve system is removed during the surgery.