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STOP SCIATICA IN ITS TRACKS If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue.Yourminorachesandpinchednervescouldbesymptomatic of sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. What Is Sciatica? What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica? Sciatica back pain is normally noticed as a pain radiating from the lower back. Often, this pain extends to the buttock, spiraling down the leg and extending to the calf. If you’re suffering from sciatica, you might feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway.
Sciatica ispainthatradiatesalongsidethesciaticnerve.Thisnerve,which branches from your lower back — spanning across your hips, buttocks and legs—canbe injuredorstressed inseveralways.Themostcommon cause of sciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated. Whilesciaticapaincanbe intense, it is treatable.A lotofsciaticacases, in fact, can be resolved without operation — and within just a few weeks. Even if you’ve suffered severe sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope. What Causes Sciatica? Inmostcases,sciaticaoccurswhenoneoftheback’sdiscsareherniated. Itcanalsohappen ifthespinenarrows—aneffectcalledspinalstenosis. As we age, our backs undergo a lot of stress. This stress takes a toll, causing inflammation in several areas. If this inflammation reaches a certain point, it may compress these nerves — resulting in pain.
The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressednervemay feel like itburns. Inothercases,thecompressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain. Some people experiencing sciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If sciatica isn’t treated, it can hinder mobility altogether. If you’re suffering from sciatica pain, call your Physical Therapist at Bear Lake Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!
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