The condition of sciatica is caused by a pinch in the nerve located in your lower back. The pangs begin in the nerve roots situated on either side of your lower spine and then course through sciatica nerve that runs in length of each leg, right from the buttock and down to your foot. The leg pain is called ‘radiculopathy’ and sometimes worsens the condition of your backache. Sciatica usually happens in one leg and gives you a sensation that can be intolerable. Some people have compared the pain with a toothache and don’t know what’s more painful.
There are some common symptoms of sciatica that can help you detect the condition before it worsens and also takes preventive measures:
Sciatica usually affects one side of your lower body or back. The pain tends to extend up the lower part of your leg. This is, however, depending on where your sciatic nerve is affected. The pain can also extend up to the toes right through your foot.
The sciatic condition is a common symptom of many medical conditions. However, there is an estimation of 90% cases that it happens due to a slipped disk or herniated disk. Our spinal cord is made of three parts – nerves, disks, and vertebra. The disks are made of cartilage and are quite strong and resilient. The cartilage works like a sturdy cushion between vertebras and allows your spine to stay flexible. A slipped disk happens when the disk goes out of place and leaves a pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Note that sciatica condition never happens due to one reason. There are plenty of reasons underlying the condition.
There are common risks factors for the sciatica nerve condition and they are:
The treatment of sciatica will depend on how severe your condition is. Your doctor might give you muscle relaxants, pain relievers, non-steroidal drugs that are anti-inflammatory and reduces pain and inflammation. The symptoms might decrease by using medication that reduces the efficiency of the pain signals going out from the nerve.
You need moderate exercising when the pain is minimal. When your symptoms have become least your therapy strengthens the adnominal muscles and back muscles. It prevents a return of your symptoms. There are some more things that can come to help when you are dealing with pain in your lower back.
Sciatica is not a general fever or flu that will heal with a few medications. These are serious conditions that need attention, priority and prompt treatment. You must understand the symptoms and take quick tests. The earlier you detect and treat, the more you’ll have chances to prevent it from worsening.