Sciatica symptoms may vary but sciatic nerve pain is generally caused by irritation or inflammation of one of the five root nerves connected to the sciatic nerve, which travels from the lower back into the back of both legs. It is important to know what is causing your particular sciatica pain as the reason for your condition may be different from someone else’s.
What Is Sciatica?
The first thing you should know is that sciatica is not exactly a diagnosis. It simply means that you have lower back pain that travels down the back of the leg. This is important to know because the cause of the pain can vary from person to person and the treatment may vary depending on the underlying cause of your sciatica.
The most common cause of sciatica nerve pain is a bulging disc in the back. You may feel numbness, tingling, or a prickly sensation down the leg and sometimes down to your foot.
Sciatica symptoms can vary from person to person depending on it’s cause; however some things you will want to watch for are:
Pain is one-sided
Radiating pain down the back of your leg
Weakness or trouble moving the leg
These sciatica symptoms are normally intermittent but for a few people they become constant and debilitating. If you are dealing with any lower back pain or leg pain, you should get it checked out as soon as possible.
How is Sciatica Caused?
Sometimes the best treatment advice you can get for sciatic nerve pain is preventative measures. In order to prevent sciatica symptoms or treat them correctly you should know some ways they can develop. Several different things can cause sciatic nerve pain.
Herniated disc in the back
Spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spine
Pregnancy due to increased pressure of the uterus on the sciatic nerve
Sitting for long periods of time with your foot or wallet pressing on the gluteus
People who carry heavy tool belts for long periods are also prone to sciatic nerve pain
Piriformis syndrome- this is where the nerve runs through the muscle instead of beneath it and if that muscle contracts or shortens it can cause sciatica pain
Sciatic nerve pain can be acute at times and can severely limit mobility in extreme cases. The good news is that sciatica symptoms can be very responsive to treatment.