What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica generally means agony or altered sensation in the low back that extends into the leg, knee and foot, although each person’s symptoms may differ a little. There are various causes of sciatica:

*Irritation of the Sciatic Nerve (one of the thickest nerves in the body) by compression of surrounding muscles

*Compression of the nerves that supply the leg and lumbar region as they exit the spinal cord by disk bulges, bony growths or degenerated ligaments

*Damage of tissues like muscle, ligament, bones or tendons in the lumbar region which can then refer pain down into the leg

*Additional causes include disturbances with abdominal and pelvic organs and blood vessels but contrasted to the other causes these are extremely rare

Because sciatica is virtually always accompanied by low back discomfort there are similar risk indicators for both Lumbar Region Agony and Sciatica:

An inactive way of living is a great predisposing factor for a bunch of reasons, when a person is sitting for lengthy periods they will be supporting the weight of their trunk, shoulder and head typically on the lower back and pelvis. This leads directly to a situation where a relatively little amount of tendons, ligaments and muscles are supporting a large part of your body weight. As the body likes loads to be spread around so loads are shared, lengthened sitting can cause over load of areas of tendon, muscles and ligaments which means they get damaged and are not as good at supporting you later on.

Smoking is a predisposing factor thanks to the damaging effect on arteries. This increases swelling in the body and in time can lessen the quantity of blood sent to an injured area by decreasing the flow through damaged vessels.

Folk working in roles that call for frequent lifting who have not been taught (or do not use) correct strategy are also at bigger risk.

Treatments include Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture & Massage.

Analgesic treatments can be somewhat helpful at relieving pain in a few cases.

Joshua Moffat is an Osteopath working in a specialist Sciatica centre in Bedford. He spends most of his working day precicely diagnosing the reason for a person’s sciatica and then helping them to totally recover from the problem.

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