It can be surprising, but nearly 40% of the general population could suffer from sciatica, a pinching of the sciatic nerve, in their life. To understand why this is so, you’ll have to understand what causes sciatica in the first place. A recent article on News Medical explains how spinal pressures can end up causing this condition:
The five vertebrae in the lumbar region are naturally arched toward the front of the body, so bending forward compresses the front of these disks, which over time can force them out of position to press on one or more of the nerves emanating from the spinal cord. This condition – known as a bulging, herniated or ruptured disc – can cause pain in the lower back and elsewhere, especially the buttocks, thighs and even below the knee (sciatica). And that pain can be severe.
The sciatic nerve starts from the lower spine and passes through the pelvis and buttocks, then moving to the upper leg and dividing into smaller nerves into the feet; which is why when it is pinched by the spinal discs, you can feel it all the way down. The severity can depend on how much pressure is placed on the nerve; it can range from a dull ache to extreme discomfort. If you suffer from sciatica in Paramus, NJ, it is recommended that you visit a treatment center like MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center so that potential approaches can be determined and, if necessary, treatments administered.
Options for sciatica relief for Paramus, NJ residents can range from surgery to less invasive means. However, note that surgical options are often the last resort as there are other non-invasive and non-surgical ways that one can first try out. Pain medications are often suggested for less severe cases, wherein anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen are often prescribed to help relieve the swelling that contributes to sciatica pain.
In a number of cases, medication is often combined with physical therapy. Strengthening exercises for the spinal column and the supporting muscles can help in relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Moreover, stretching exercises help loosen muscles that cause pain when they are tense. Finally, treatment centers can also recommend alternative solutions. For instance, massage therapy help relieve the tension in muscles, while chiropractic manipulation and spinal adjustments focus on realigning the spine. With all of these options available, it is possible to find a solution to sciatica that meets your needs.
(Source: Poor body mechanics cause chronic lower back pain, News Medical, October 7, 2014)