Are you suffering from constant and irritating pain in one side of your leg or buttock? Does the pain start at the lower back and goes down to your leg? When you sit down, does the pain get worst? If you answer, “Yes” to any or all of the aforesaid questions, you might be suffering from sciatica.
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There are many people who suffer from sciatica, a very painful condition that is normally a sign of an underlying spine or back issue. The pain can be in the lower back area or a shooting pain down through your legs.
“Sciatica” typically refers to pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling in the leg. Caused by injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve, the symptoms of sciatica are indicative of an underlying issue.
There are many things that can cause lower back pain, but the most common of these is sciatica. Sciatica occurs when the ‘sciatic’ nerve is trapped or damaged which then causes painful feedback to the brain telling you something is wrong. As the nerves both send and receive signals this can also cause other symptoms that you might notice, such as tingling, lack of movement etc. At the same time, the sciatic nerve being the largest in the body (the one that runs all the way up the spine to the brain), means that damage here can also result in pain and odd sensations elsewhere. Thus you may also experience pain in your legs, buttocks and feet.
One treatment for sciatica pain is to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles through simple exercises. The stronger these muscles are, the less your spine has to carry the weight of most of your body. Make sure to consult a doctor, certified athletic trainer, or a chiropractor who can give you advice on the right exercises for you. Although it’s rare, sciatica can sometimes be caused by an infection or a tumor that requires medical attention. So it’s very important to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the pain so you can adopt the right sciatica exercise program for your situation. Plus, doing the wrong type of exercise can worsen the sciatic pain. Doing the right exercises, but without proper form and training, can make the exercises ineffective, and could also lead to continued or increased sciatica pain.