What is Sciatica and What You Can Do About It:
Have you ever wondered what is sciatica? How it comes about? And… what you can do about it? Well you don’t need to look any further because below you can find everything you need to know about sciatica.
Sciatica is short for irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs down the back part of the leg and is often inflamed, irritated, or entrapped secondary to muscle tightness.
To ensure you really have sciatica you need to discern this from lower back pathology such as a herniated disc or even stenosis. Your treatment will be dependent on this difference.
Some of the common symptoms experienced with true sciatica are:
1. Buttock pain,
2. Numbness and tingling in the thigh or lower leg
3. Usually worst sitting
4. Muscle weakness and loss of balance or tripping
The most common reasons why sciatica occur usually involves sitting too much, tight buttock muscles, or trauma to the area. The most frequently seen in the clinic, though, is sitting too much.
Since we live in the 21st century we are now predisposed to sitting for hours at a time. When sitting, we increase pressure on the sciatic nerve which can get irritated and inflamed. Rather than sitting, try to stand more at home and at work to alleviate this pressure.
Another strategy is to use heat on your buttock region to loosen the muscles surrounding the nerve.
Usually sciatica will subside within months or weeks but seeking help from a speciality trained physical therapist will expedite the healing process. In fact, it can be resolved once and for all and quite quickly.