Sciatica

Do you know what Sciatica is? You can call this condition as a type of neuralgia. Sciatica is a common form of pain that affects the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that runs through the leg. If the Sciatica persists, you will experience weakness and pricking sensation from the lower back throughout the way to the leg. The pain can vary from mild to severe and the condition may also result in numbness.
Sciatica symptoms:
Actually, this condition exists on one side of the lower body and the pain started from lower back through thigh till the leg. The pain may possibly extend to the toes based on the location where the nerve is affected. You may feel the pain in the leg or rear severely while sitting. Some of the symptoms are increasing pain while standing up, paining constantly on one rear side, numbness and weakness, pricking or burning down the leg, etc.
Some people may feel the pain to be more severe, whereas some may feel irritating and infrequent pain in the legs. If you find any symptoms like loss of bowel control, or bladder, you should definitely seek the attention of the doctors.
Causes of Sciatica:
Some of causes of the condition are Spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, Piriformis syndrome, and pregnancy.

Lumbar spinal stenosis is a nothing but the spinal cord narrowing in the lower back. Spondylolisthesis is a condition where you can find the slip forwarding of one vertebra over another. Degenerative disc disease is a condition in which the discs get breakdown.
Overweight, wearing high heels, sleeping on very soft mattress, doing exercise irregularly are some of the other cause of this condition.
Most of the middle aged people will experience this condition, which may start at the age of 20 and extends in the 50s. Some people will try to treat this condition without undergoing any surgeries. The severity of the condition is determined by dysfunction of bowel or bladder, intervention and some may require possible medical surgery.
How to diagnose Sciatica?
You can check yourself with the doctor who may examine your medical history, hips, back, and legs to test for reflexes, flexibility, sensation, and strength. It is possible to diagnose the condition through CT scans, X-rays, MRI scans, and nerve conduction studies.
Sciatica treatment:
The focus of the treatment for Sciatica will be mainly to relieve inflammation and pressure. For acute Sciatica, doctors advise to take complete bed rest. After doing a lot of researchers, it has been reported that 80% of the people with severe Sciatica shows more improvement while comparing to the other people.
Oral steroids, nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are normally used as medical treatment in order to relieve from inflammation. You can give epidural steroid injections at the base of the Sciatica nerve roots that are highly inflamed. It is also possible to prevent this Sciatica through physiotherapy. Most conventional Doctors suggest Physical Therapy or Chiropractic with stretching exercises once the pain starts to diminish.

If any of the treatments are not going to work, you can finally undergo for a surgery to relieve from all pain syndromes.

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