Posted by   admin  on 27 Jun 2017  | Posted under   Health Information Hits: 1860

Do you experience PAIN in the Backside of your Leg, which runs down from your Lower Back &/or Hip, through the backside of the Thigh, Calf & till your Foot?

This is SCIATICA Pain!

A Bundle of Nerves originates from both sides of the Spinal Cord in the Lumbar Spine (Lower Back). These Nerves come together & form a single Nerve which runs through our Hips & travels down through the backside of our Thighs, our Calves till our Feet.

This Nerve is called the SCIATIC NERVE, which is our body’s LONGEST Nerve & its function is to Control the Movements & the Sensations of our Legs.

When this Sciatic Nerve is Irritated or Compressed, it gets Inflamed & its functions get affected & we experience Pain in our Lower Back &/or whole Leg or some specific parts. Usually, one Leg is affected & there may or may not be Pain in Lower Back.

Here are few typical & most common SYMPTOMS of Sciatica:

  • Lower Back Pain, if experienced at all, is not as severe as Leg Pain
  • Sharp, Pinching Pain in the backside of the Leg
  • Constant Pain or Radiating down from the Lower Back/Hips to the Foot
  • Pain may be experienced in the whole Leg or in a Specific area, depending on where the Sciatic Nerve is Irritated
  • "Pins-and-needles" Sensation, Numbness or Weakness, or a Prickling Sensation down the leg
  • Pain feels better while lying down, but Worsens when Standing or Sitting
  • Weakness, Numbness in the leg or foot

Symptoms of SCIATICA vary widely depending upon which part of Sciatic Nerve is Irritated/Compressed & how severe it is.

There are various Spinal Conditions/Diseases that can Cause Irritation/Compression of the Sciatic Nerve:

  • Bulging or Rupture of a Spinal Disc in Lower Back is the most common cause, it is medically known as Lumbar Disc Herniation.
  • Muscle Spasm in Lower Back
  • Narrowing of the Spinal Canal (tunnel inside the Spinal Column through which the Spinal Cord runs down from our Brain) in the Lower Back, which is known as Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.
  • Breakdown & Degeneration of Spinal Disc, which is called Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).
  • One Vertebra (Spinal Bone) Slipping forward over the other causing Spinal Misalignment, it is called Spondylolisthesis.
  • Spinal Trauma or Injury.
  • Spinal Tumor.
  • Spinal Infection.
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction.