What is Sciatica?
The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself – it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
Sciatica Nerve Pain
Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely can occur in both legs)
- Pain that is worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg (vs. a dull ache)
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk
Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Specific sciatica symptoms also vary widely in type, location and severity, depending upon the condition causing the sciatica (such as a lumbar herniated disc).
Common Sciatica Causes & Treatment
Lumbar, or lower back pain is especially common, and debilitating, since this area of spine and muscles is needed for almost all activities, and is especially prone to lifting injuries. Among various causes are slipped discs, sacroiliac and hip misalignment, and pulled muscles.
Left untreated, lower back pain may heal itself, but a fresh incident and/or great increase in stress levels, can cause pain to shoot down the sciatic nerve (sciatica) into the legs, making walking or driving difficult.
Using Scenar you can generally have excellent results with lumbar back pain and sciatica. Scenar is great for re-aligning the back muscles which usually cause much of the problem, and the nerve pathways which can get inflamed and produce the sciatica. Usually a big difference with the first treatment.
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