Blue Sky PT. Stop Sciatica In Its Tracks

Stop Sciatica In Its Tracks

as we age otherwise known as degenerative disc disease. Sciatica pain normally presents as pain radiating from the lower back. Often this pain extends into the buttock, spiraling down the leg. If you are suffering from sciatica, you might feel the discomfort anywhere along this nerve pathway. The pain can even extend into the calf, foot or toes. What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica? The pain itself can be dull, aching or even sharp. In some cases, the compressed nerve may feel like it burns, causing considerable pain. In other cases, the compressed nerve may simply issue a sharp jolt of pain with certain movements. Some people experiencing sciatica, may even have leg numbness, tingling or weakness. If sciatica is not treated, it can hinder mobility and become chronic.

If you’ve experienced back pain, and even leg pain, you might have a deeper problem. Your minor aches and pain could be symptoms of sciatica. While “sciatica” may sound serious, physical therapy can help you recover. What Is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. This nerve, which branches from your lower back – spanning across your hips, buttocks and legs – can be injured or stressed in several ways. The most common cause of sciatica-related pain is inflammation along the spine, where the nerves exit the spine. If this inflammation reaches a certain threshold, it may compress these nerves, resulting in pain. While sciatic pain can be great, it can be treated and improved within a few weeks of conservative care, including physical therapy. Even if you have severe sciatic symptoms including nerve pain, leg weakness and bladder changes, there is still hope and physical therapy can help. What Causes Sciatica? Sciatica can occur when one of the disks in the lower back is herniated. It can also happen if the spine narrows, a condition called spinal stenosis or from stress to the back


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