If you have ever experienced back pain or pain which involves sharp shooting pains through your lower limbs or numbness and tingling, then you may have experienced Sciatica Pain. You will also appreciate how debilitating the pain may be.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar, then you may be suffering from some type of Sciatica Nerve Pain. Sciatica is often referred to as, an irritation to the Sciatic Nerve.
The Sciatic Nerve is the longest Nerve that runs through the body, and the Sciatic Nerve runs from the lower back through the back of the thigh and supplies nerves to the muscles below the knee, all the way down to the foot. The Sciatic Nerve also branches into the hip, buttock and hamstring.
Studies show, that common causes of Sciatic Pain tend to come from people who undertake Sedentary Work or work which involves a lot of sitting throughout the day, as well as Manual labour, where lifting heavy items or where they may be putting their backs under a fair amount of strain. It affects both males and females of and can occur at any age, but most frequently as an adult.
Additionally, one of the most common causes of Sciatica are herniated disks, which means a disk which is either sticking out or bulging. This is when a disk which is made up of a spongy soft tissue leaks or protrudes through the outer layer of the disk. A herniated disk may then compress the nerve and this may also cause inflammation, which can give pain down to the Sciatic Nerve.
Common symptoms of Sciatica Pain, often include Lower Back Pain, Hip Pain, Burning or tingling down the leg or at the rear of the leg, should you be sitting down. Additionally, people who suffer from Sciatic pain may also feel a type of burning sensation, weakness or numbness in the leg or foot, and sometimes a constant pain on one side of their body. For people who suffer shooting pains, it can often impede their ability to stand up.
People who have experienced these symptoms may often have their movement not only affected, but they may also be forced to put more strain on other limbs or parts of their body, as a result from overcompensating. This alone may lead to other problems and may cause additional pain to other areas.
Chiropractors or Physiotherapists who treat Sciatic Pain, may recommend the following Treatment Options:
Low Power Laser Therapy
Ergonomic and lifting advice
If the non-invasive or conservative treatment options don’t relieve the pain or help to reduce inflammation, referral to a specialist may be required, however Surgical Treatment is the last resort option, and, only a small percentage of patients may have to undergo this option.
To ensure your pain is assessed and treated appropriately, you may need to visit a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist near you, for an informed consultation which will help diagnose the cause of your pain or injury, to then assess whether it may be Sciatica Pain.
As patients do not need a referral from a doctor, people can rest assure that this is one less hurdle to helping you getting your pain management or rehabilitated started sooner.