What is sciatica?
Sciatica is identified by a pain that commonly radiates from the lower spine through the buttocks and alongside the back of one leg.
What causes sciatica and how does it feel?
Sciatica is typically caused by bony irregularities, spinal stenosis or a herniated disc in the spine. However, various injuries can also cause the sciatic nerve to be compressed or pinched. The pain results from the pinched or compressed sciatic root nerve and can produce a pain ranging from moderate to severe.
How can sciatica pain be described?
Moderate symptoms of sciatica can be described as tingling and numbness; whereas severe pain has been described as a burning and stabbing sensation. Additional symptoms may include weakness in the effected area and difficulty sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
What to do when you are feeling symptoms of sciatica?
The diagnosis of sciatica should be determined by your health professional. Diagnosis usually consists of a medical history and physical examination which can be performed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist. In some instances, x-rays and other tests may be used to determine the underlying cause of pain.
How can sciatica be treated?
Sciatica can be treated by with the following medical interventions:
*Oral analgesics (Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, etc.), heat / cold therapy and exercises can be used at home to temporarily relieve symptoms of pain. Always consult a medical professional before any form of treatment.