The pertinent part of the body that is involved in sciatica is the sciatic nerve, which runs along the lower part of your back, down to your buttocks and legs. Sciatica refers to inflammation of this nerve, which results in a tingling sensation and dull, persistent pain. This refers to mild cases; severe sciatica can be debilitating if the pressure on the sciatic nerve is excessive – leading to restricted mobility in your legs. You may find it difficult to walk for a long time, and even sitting may be enough to trigger an episode of the associated symptoms.
How Does Sciatica Progress?
In most cases, it starts out relatively mild, and increases in severity over time if left untreated. In fact, the pressure on the sciatic nerve can become significant enough that simple acts such as sneezing, coughing, sitting or slight, sudden movements can elicit pain, a tingling sensation, or numbness. In some cases, it resolves itself in anywhere from weeks to months; but, if the sensation is unmanageable, sciatica is very treatable by a medical professional. Although it is relatively easy to self-diagnose this issue, ascertaining the underlying cause and appropriate course of treatment should be left to a healthcare professional.
What Causes Sciatica
As you might have guessed, sciatica is a symptom – and not a disease in and of itself. The pressure on the sciatic nerve can be a result of a fractured pelvis bone, a herniated disc or so-called piriformis syndrome, in which the buttocks muscle is injured and adversely affects the nearby sciatic nerve. In more severe cases, sciatica results from bone cancer metastasizing in the sizable region where the sciatic nerve inhabits.
Fortunately, improving joint motion in the lower back with a program of chiropractic adjustments has produced results for many people.
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