How To Know If You Have Sciatica

Woman with sciatica pain
By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.

Have you ever had a pinched nerve? You know, that burning or numbness sensation that can radiate in your extremities. Most times a pinched nerve can resolve itself, but what happens if it doesn’t seem to be going away? Some nerve pain can indicate a greater problem such as a herniated disc, tumor or an overgrowth of bone on your vertebrae. However, more times than not, the nerve that becomes pinched by these issues is the sciatic nerve in turn causing sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is nerve pain from an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve, which originates in your buttock/gluteal area. If you suffer from “sciatica,” you can expect to experience pain through the lower back, hips, buttocks and down your legs.

Sometimes this can be a result of an injury, and other times it happens just from living life. Normal aging can put your nerves at risk of being pinched along with health conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, and osteoarthritis. However, most people tend to get sciatica between the ages of 30 and 50, are overweight and either have an inactive or overactive physical lifestyle.

So, what does it feel like?
Up to 85% of Americans experience some type of back pain during their lives. Many times, this type of back pain can look like muscle strains in the lower back, so it’s important to understand what sets sciatica apart when trying to diagnose the pain you may be experiencing.

With Sciatica, the pain will radiate down the leg and into your foot. Imagine a constant bad leg cramp that isn’t going away. You will feel numbness or weakness in your lower back down to your feet, pain that worsens with movement, “pins and needles” in your legs and feet, and possible loss of bowel and bladder control. The pain most often occurs on one side and can also feel like a dull ache mixed with a burning sensation.

How To Ease The Pain
There are many forms in which you can treat sciatica. Most times, your doctor will start with less intrusive measures that don’t require surgery. That can look like various exercises and stretches from physical therapy that work on increasing core strength, strengthening the lower back muscles and working other muscles that are inflexible.

Other treatments include ice and heat therapy, massage, and chiropractic therapy, over the counter pain relievers, steroids, injections and in worse case scenarios, surgery.

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