Do you experience lower back pain? Are you wondering whether your condition is just a sore back or something more serious? Read on to find out if you recognise some of the common sciatica symptoms.
Sciatica Symptoms Overview : The 1 minute overview of sciaticaSciatica is a set of symptoms caused by an irritation or compression of one of five nerve roots in the lower back or of the sciatic nerve itself.
There are a number of underlying conditions that can result in sciatica symptoms. These conditions include spinal disc herniation, piriformis syndrome and spinal stenosis.
Your preferred healthcare professional would be a good place to start if you are concerned about any back pain you are experiencing.
Sciatica symptoms defined
The most common sciatica symptom is some form of pain. Sciatica pain can range from a dull, aching sensation through to sharp pains that start in the lower back and shoot down through the buttock area and into the leg. Sciatica symptoms are typically experienced on one side of the body only.
It is a commonly held misconception that sciatica pain is experienced only in the lower back area. This can sometimes be true in the early stages of the condition, but pain will often worsen in the buttock and leg areas as the condition matures. And in some cases the original lower back pain may even disappear completely.
The sciatica symptoms you experience will depend on the underlying cause of your condition.
Activities that affect sciatica
Body movement and posture have a major impact on the severity of the sciatica symptoms. Sufferers typically experience increased discomfort if they remain in the same position for an extended period.
Sudden movements can also be extremely painful for sciatica sufferers. Standing up or sitting down quickly, or even coughing and sneezing can bring on sharp bouts of sciatica pain for some sufferers.
Sufferers may also experience weakness, numbness or tingling sensation in their lower leg and foot. This can make walking difficult and there is an increased risk of loss of balance and falls.
How to treat sciatica symptoms
Since sciatica is a set of symptoms it should be treated in two ways. Firstly, treatments should be administered to alleviate the immediate pain. Secondly, and more importantly, the underlying cause of the sciatica symptoms must be correctly diagnosed and treated.
Prevention and treatment
Although there are many possible causes and treatments for sciatica, almost all sufferers will greatly benefit from a program of gentle exercises and minor corrections in posture. Such preventative treatments may also contribute to the sufferer avoiding the onset of more serious back conditions.
If you would like to know more about how gentle exercise and correct posture can help to treat sciatica symptoms I recommend you take a look at the book Stop Sciatica Now by Pamela Kihm.
The book contains some wonderful advice on how to approach everyday activities in a way that improves your back health. It also describes a program of gentle exercises designed specifically to treat your sciatica. Check it out at the authors homepage.