[Sciatica] Good point? If you don’t want to get Sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends from your lower back through the buttocks and hips and down each leg. Usually, sciatica affects only one side of the body.
Sciatica is most common when a herniated intervertebral disc, spinal spurs or narrowing of the spine (spinal canal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This can cause inflammation, pain and often numbness in the affected limb.
Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, in most cases it can be relieved with non-surgical treatment within a few weeks. People with severe sciatica with severe leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes may be suitable for surgery.
Pain radiates from the lower (waist) spine to the hips and then to the back of the legs, which is a sign of sciatica. You may feel discomfort anywhere in the nerve pathway, but especially walking along the path from the lower back to the buttocks and the back of the thighs and calves.
Pain can vary widely, from mild pain to severe burning sensation or severe pain. Sometimes it feels like vibration or electric shock. When you cough or sneeze, the situation may get worse, and sitting for long periods of time can exacerbate the symptoms. Usually only one side of the body is affected.
Some people also have numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. You may have pain in your leg and numbness in another part.
When to see the doctor
Mild sciatica usually disappears over time. If self-care measures cannot relieve symptoms or the pain persists for more than a week, is severe or gradually worsens, please call a doctor. See a doctor immediately if the following conditions occur:
Sudden severe pain in your lower back or calves, numbness or muscle weakness in your legs
Pain occurs after a violent injury such as a traffic accident
You cannot control your bowels or bladder
Sciatica usually occurs when the sciatic nerve is squeezed, usually due to a herniated disc in your spine or excessive bone growth (bone spurs) on your vertebrae. Nerves are rarely compressed by tumors or destroyed by diseases such as diabetes.
Risk factors for sciatica include:
age. Age-related spinal changes, such as herniated discs and bone spurs, are the most common causes of sciatica.
obesity. By increasing the pressure on the spine, excess weight can cause spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
Occupied. A job that requires you to twist your waist, carry a heavy load, or drive a car for a long time may cause sciatica, but there is no conclusive evidence of this connection.
Sitting for a long time. People who sit for a long time or sit still are more likely to have sciatica than active people.
diabetes. This condition affects the way your body uses blood sugar, which increases the risk of nerve damage.
Although most people can usually recover completely from sciatica, usually without treatment, sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage. If you have the following conditions, please seek medical attention immediately:
Loss of sensation in affected limb
Weakness of the affected limb
Loss of bowel or bladder function
Sciatica is not always preventable, and it may recur. The following items can play a key role in protecting your back:
Exercise regularly. To keep your back strong, pay special attention to the core muscles-abdominal and lower back muscles, which are essential for correct posture and alignment. Ask your doctor to recommend specific activities.
Maintain the correct posture when sitting. Choose a seat with good lower back support, armrests and a rotatable base. Consider putting a pillow or rolled towel on your small back to keep it bent properly. Keep your knees and hips level.
Use good body mechanics. If you stand for a long time, place one foot on a stool or small box from time to time. When you lift heavy objects, let your lower limbs start to work. Move straight up and down. Keep your back straight and only bend your knees. Keep the load close to your body. Avoid lifting and twisting at the same time. If the object is heavy or awkward, please find a lifting partner.
If you have the following problems, please come to us for more information:
-Low back and neck pain caused by non-intervertebral disc herniation
-Caudal facet joint syndrome
-Headache for failed back surgery
-Numbness of hands and feet
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