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Sciatica Home Remedies - How to Get Rid of Sciatica
Sciatica is pain resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. Low back pain and sciatica can baffle physicians and other medical professionals, arising without warning and continuing for long periods of time. Sciatica is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Sciatica occurs most frequently in people between 30 and 50 years of age. Often a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica, but rather it may develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine. The pain is usually a shooting pain, like electricity. It can also burn like fire or tingle much like the feeling when your leg "goes to sleep ." The pain can range from slightly annoying to totally unbearable. Some people have pain in one part of the leg and numbness in another part of the same leg. Sciatica is most commonly a result of a disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve, any cause of irritation or inflammation of this nerve can reproduce the symptoms of sciatica. These causes include irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone , tumors, muscle , internal bleeding, infections, injury , and other causes. Numbness or muscle weakness along the nerve pathway in your leg or foot. In some cases, you may have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another. Tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling , most commonly in your toes or part of your foot. The corrective action of removing any objects from rear pockets and not sitting on uneven surfaces can reverse the symptoms of sciatica if the damage has not been too severe.
Sciatica may be due to a ruptured intervertebral disk , narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerve called spinal stenosis , or an injury such as a pelvic fracture. In many cases no cause can be found. Sciatica may also be experienced in late pregnancy , primarily resulting from the uterus pressing on the sciatic nerve , and, secondarily, from the muscular tension and / or vertebral compression consequent to carrying the extra weight of the fetus , and the postural changes inherent to pregnancy. Pseudo-sciatica", which causes symptoms similar to spinal nerve root compression, is caused by the compression of peripheral sections of the nerve, usually from soft tissue tension in the piriformis or related muscles. The sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis muscle in the buttocks region. When the muscle shortens or spasms due to trauma, it can compress the sciatic nerve. This cause of sciatic symptoms is piriformis syndrome , a major cause of sciatica. Other compressive spinal causes include Spinal Canal Stenosis , a condition wherein the spinal canal (the spaces through which the spinal cord runs) narrows and compresses the spinal cord. Treatment is initially aimed at addressing the inflammation associated with sciatica. Anti-inflammatory medications (such as Motrin or Celebrex), and muscle relaxers are often good places to start. Some patients require a more powerful anti-inflammatory treatment and are given oral steroids (often called a Medrol Dose-Pak). Surgical procedures can sometimes be required for persisting sciatica.
Home Remedies for Sciatica
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