What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is not a disease but a painful symptom of another condition. Inflammation of the sciatic nerve can cause pain, tingling, or numbness that radiates through the lower back, buttocks, and down the leg, causing considerable discomfort in acute cases. It is often described as sharp pain that shoots down a single leg causing excruciating discomfort. In mild cases this pain may subside in four to eight weeks, but it can reoccur if the underlying problem isn’t addressed. In most cases treatment involves self-help measures which are used to help ease sciatica related lower back pain. However in severe cases, doctors may suggest more aggressive treatments.
What are the possible causes?
The discomfort associated with sciatica can be aggravated by lack of exercise, prolonged sitting, bad posture, and improper lifting techniques; and may be exacerbated by coughing or sneezing. Home remedies such as stretching, cold pack application, and regular exercise may prove to be beneficial to some.
There are several conditions that can lead to sciatic nerve pain so it is important to seek medical advice if self-help measures fail to ease symptoms. Herniated discs, lumbar spine stenosis, and trauma are serious conditions can lead to sciatica related lower back pain and should be diagnosed by a medical professional.
Other risk factors in the appearance of sciatic related pain my include age, pregnancy, diabetes, and occupations that require heavy lifting, and long periods of standing or sitting.
If you are unsure about your symptoms contact a medical professional who will help treat the cause, not the pain. KURE Pain Management treats all symptoms of sciatic related back pain. Schedule a consultation to begin treating your sciatica today. We many convenient locations in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, or Michigan.