Sciatica pain, Symptoms, Stretches and Pain relief
Irritation or compression of the ‘Sciatic Nerve’. The sciatic nerve is a group of nerves that exit the spine at the lower part of the back, which control the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg. Providing sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body.
Sciatica Symptoms, What are they?
It may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache, or burning sensation. The pain often starts slowly and may get worse:
- After standing
- After sitting
- At night
- When sneezing
- Bending backward
- Walking more than a feet
When the Sciatic nerve is compressed, it can cause a pain that radiates out from your low back and travels down your leg to your calf.
The pain most often occurs on one side. Some patients have sharp pain in one part of the leg or hip and numbness in other parts. The pain or numbness may also be felt on the back of the calf or on the sole of the foot. The affected limb may feel weak.
Common causes of sciatica include:
- Slipped disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome (a pain disorder involving the narrow muscle in the buttocks)
- Pelvic injury
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Sciatica pain and causes
The Sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest peripheral nerve in the body. It starts in lower back, runs through the pelvis, and down the back of the leg to behind the knee. It then splits into two other nerves which continue to the lower leg and foot. The Sciatic nerve supplies control to some of the muscles in the back and inside of the thigh. It also provides skin sensation to the front and outside portions of the lower leg.
Sciatica pain is a symptom where pain travels down the back of the leg, and commonly involves the Sciatic nerve. Usually it only affects one leg, but in some cases it can affect both at the same time. It can also be accompanied by muscle weakness, numbness, or a pins and needles sensation.
However, the term Sciatica only describes a symptom, and is not a disease or diagnosis in itself. There are a number of conditions that can cause Sciatica. Most commonly it involves a compression or irritation of the Sciatic nerve somewhere along its length. This can be at the nerve roots that come out from the spinal cord, or along the actual nerve on its way through the back, pelvis and leg. Some conditions that can cause Sciatica are:
- Disc Herniation
- Spinal Stenosis
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Muscles Spasm or Strain
Whilst there are many things that can cause sciatica, most of the advice given is the same for everyone. It is recommended that if you suffer from Sciatica symptoms, you should:
- Carry on with normal activities if possible.
- Try not to sit or lie down for long periods of time.
- Start gentle sciatic exercises and stretches as soon as possible.
- Anything that keeps you moving can help.
- Use heat on the painful areas, as this can help loosen up some muscles and joints that may be compressing the Sciatic Nerve.
- Seek advice or treatment from a health professional to get sciatica pain relief
One way to treat Sciatica and the conditions associated with it is with Osteopathy.
Receiving Sciatica Treatment from an osteopath can help improve movement in the body and reduce compression in the areas that can often cause Sciatica.
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