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Category Archives: sciatica

sciatic

Sciatica is not a diagnosis itself but a symptom. It describes pain arising from irritation or impingement of the sciatic nerve. This important nerve runs from the lower back to the foot, and pain can be experienced anywhere along it – often occurring in the legs. The legs may also become weaker, and there may be other sensations such as numbness, tingling, or burning.

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stretch for sciatica

Back pain is among the leading causes of disability in the United States. Low back pain is particularly on the rise—over 80 percent of Americans will experience a stint of low back pain at some point, according to a 2009 University of North Carolina study.

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sleeping with sciatica

Catching your Zzz’s can be a difficult endeavor if you’re suffering from symptoms of sciatica, which can be experienced as prickling, burning, numbness, tingling, sharp, stabbing pain, or a throbbing ache when sitting, standing, walking, sneezing, coughing, or resting. A 2010 report published by Clinical Rheumatology estimates that 40% of people suffer from sciatica, depending on how the condition is defined.

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sciatic nerve pain relief

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, extending from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and down each leg. Occasionally the roots can become irritated, which then causes sciatica. This irritation can be caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back (lumbar spinal stenosis), a herniated disc, an overgrowth of bone on the spine (bone spur), a breakdown of the cushiony discs between the vertebrae (degenerative disc disease), or a slipped disc (spondylolisthesis).

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prevent sciatic nerve pain

I’m sure we all know someone that has had to endure sciatic nerve pain at one point or another. In fact, WebMD cites that 4 out of every 10 people will suffer from sciatica. Prevent sciatic nerve pain or find pain relief with these tips.

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Have you been diagnosed with sciatica; or do you feel pain radiating through your lower extremities, from your buttocks and hips to legs and feet? Let’s look at the causes of sciatic nerve pain and ways to curb the symptoms.

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