The Top 5 Signs of Sciatica and How You Can Minimize Pain

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Apr 09, 2021

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When this nerve getspinched or compressed, there are certain tell-tale signs your body will demonstrate indicating you have sciatica.

THE TOP 5 SIGNS OF SCIATICA

Pain that extends from your lower back all the way down to the back of your leg and foot
Pain in one buttock or leg that feels worse when sitting
Pain in the back of your thigh and calf
Constant hip pain or pain on only one side of the buttocks
Tingling or burning sensation down one leg

Sciatica refers to lower back, hip, and leg pain resulting from irritation or injury of the sciatic nerve.The sciatic nerve runs along the lower back, down through the buttocks, and down both legs to the heel and sole of each foot. As thelongest and widest nerve in the human body, the sciatic nerve connects the spinal cord to various muscles in the lower back, legs, and feet, providing muscle movement and vital sensory information.
Common causes of sciatic pain are:

Herniated disk in your lower spine
Bone spurs on your vertebrae
Degenerative disk disease
A tumor, which can pinch the sciatic nerve
Narrowing of the spinal canal (known as spinal stenosis)
Muscle inflammation and injury or bone fractures

Sciatica pain can range from sharp and excruciating, to a dull ache.Mild forms of sciatica may go away in time, however some sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For short-term relief, over-the-counter medications like Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen) can help. Also, rest, light activity, stretching, and the use of cold packs on affected areas may reduce pain.If the pain is severe or doesnt go away after a week, then visit your doctor immediately for recommended treatment.
Sciatica is a common ailment that comes with aging, as age-related injuries and diseases can affect the sciatic nerve.
Other risk factors:

Obesity
Sitting for prolonged periods
Diabetes

To reduce your chances of getting sciatica, keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly. Try not to sit for long periods of time, and, when you do, maintain good posture. Avoid awkward twisting of the body or lifting of objects which may be too heavy for you.

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