PTIS_Making Moves to Understand Sciatica Back Pain

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ISSUE: SEPTEMBER 2019

MAKING MOVES TO UNDERSTAND SCIATICA BACK PAIN

If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper issue. Your minor aches and pinched nerves could be symptomatic of sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, it’s entirely curable. What Is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain that radiates alongside the sciaticnerve.Thisnerve,whichbranches from your lower back— spanning across your hips, buttocksand legs—canbe injuredorstressed in several ways. The most common cause of sciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where compressed nerves are aggravated.

While sciatica pain can be intense, it is treatable. A lot of sciatica cases, in fact, can be resolved without operation — and within justa fewweeks.Even ifyou’vesufferedsevere sciatica spawned from leg weakness, bladder changes or nerve issues, there’s still hope. What Causes Sciatica? In most cases, sciatica occurs when one of the back’s discs are herniated. It can also happen if the spine narrows — an effect called spinal stenosis. As we age, our backs undergoa lotofstress.Thisstress takesa toll, causing inflammation in several areas. If this inflammation reaches a certain point, it may compress these nerves — resulting in pain.

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica? Sciaticabackpain isnormallynoticedasapain 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. The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressed nerve may feel like it burns. In other cases, the compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp joltofpain.Somepeopleexperiencingsciatica may experience leg numbness, tingling or weakness. Ifsciatica isn’ttreated, itcanhinder mobility altogether.

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