Sciatic Nerve Pain: Causes & Treatment
Our lives are full of lifting, moving and sudden jerky movements. Sometimes the way we choose to stay active or work, can also affect our bodies and how we feel on a day-to-day basis.
Have you ever experienced back pain? While there are a plethora of symptoms and problems that can arise from the back, there is pain that starts at the lower back but many times will shoot down to the leg region. This painful and sometimes inconvenient pain is referred to as, sciatic nerve pain.
What is sciatic nerve pain?
This type of lower back pain is caused by the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body) and occurs when:
- Lumbar disc herniation pressing on the nerve
- Irritation of the sciatic nerve
- Inflammation of the sciatic nerve
Other possible causes include:
- Radiculopathy-Abnormal intervertebral Disc
- Pinched Nerve
What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?
The symptoms associated with this lower back pain can vary depending on each individual.
Some of the common symptoms include:
- Burning sensation in lower back or upper buttock
- Numbness in lower back
- Buttock pain
- Hip Pain
- Leg Pain
- Difficulties walking
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you find yourself suffering from several of these common symptoms, it is best to see a doctor. Keeping track of your symptoms and rate of pain will help your doctor when diagnosis. There are few ways that a doctor can help diagnose sciatic nerve programs including a physical exam, straight-leg tests and either X-Rays or a CT scan.
When it comes to treatment, there are a few options available. The typical treatment options include:
- Physical Therapy
- Medications: Including anti-inflammatories, antidepressants and muscle relaxants
- Surgery (for extreme cases)
Chiropractic Care Treatment
If you are looking for an alternative treatment option for your sciatic nerve pain, going to a chiropractor is another option. Using Chiropractic care can help with lowering your pain as well as inflammation. Possible chiropractic treatments may include:
- Spinal adjustments
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Ice/Heat Therapy
How to avoid sciatic nerve problems
When it comes to the human back, it is very important to maintain safety when lifting, sitting or moving heavy objects. Another key factor is to keep a healthy lifestyle, both in terms of exercise and healthy eating.
A few tips on keeping a healthy back and avoiding nerve problems includes:
- Participating in Strength exercising, including yoga and Pilates
- Avoiding long periods of sitting
- Keeping an active lifestyle, exercising regularly
- Lifting with your legs, not your back
- Keeping a good posture