Sciatica Pain Relief Treatments
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It is comprised of individual nerve roots that originate in the lower back and come together to form one massive nerve. Its role is vital as it connects the spinal cord with your leg and foot muscles. When the sciatic nerve is pinched, you may experience extreme discomfort and pain. A burning or tingling sensation can feel like it is traveling through the hip and down your leg all the way to your toes. Sciatica pain can make sitting, standing, lying or moving almost impossible. This lower back pain is usually felt on one side of the buttock and down that leg but rarely occurs down both legs at the same time.
Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Lower Back Pain (across hips)
- Deep Hip Joint Pain
- Burning or Tingling Sensation
- Pain Radiates Down a Leg
- Weakness in the Legs
- Difficulty Walking
- Sharp Pain When Standing
- Sitting Can Make Pain Worse
Without proper movement, your back muscles and spine aren't able to provide the needed support for your back. Any period of limited use can cause muscle weakness that can lead to a back injury or strain. A simple exercise and stretching routine can help move nutrients and fluids throughout the area of a damaged disc to heal tissues and restore normal range of motion. Although exercise, not bed rest, is the better option for relieving sciatic pain, doing the wrong exercises or overuse of the lower back can cause pain to worsen. If you suffer from sciatica, you are all too familiar with the burning sensation caused by nerve compression, but dysfunction, such as a tingling pins-and-needles type pain, can also occur in your buttocks and legs.
Sciatica is actually a symptom and not a disease. The painful condition can be secondary to a number of medical conditions and a thorough examination is needed to determine the most effective treatment plan. Sometimes sciatic pain may resolve on its own but it can also recur just as quickly. If you are in pain, contact MedWell to discuss your options for sciatica pain relief.