What causes sciatica pain?

Overview

The description of  word sciatica can be taken as the symptom of leg pain, along with tingling, numbness and weakness that are initiated from the lumbar back and journey’s down the buttock, to the large sciatic nerve in the hind of your leg

Sciatica pain is not a medical condition itself, however, it is an indication of other underlying conditions such as;

  • A Lumbar herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Sciatica Nerve Pain

The sciatica pain is often followed by several symptoms that may include;

  • Severe chronic pain in one side of the buttock running to the leg, and in rare cases in both legs
  • Pain increase while sitting in the same position for a long time
  • Pain in the leg accompanied by inflammation, burning and irritation
  • Sharp throbbing pain in the leg that disables you to stand
  • Pain initiates from the lumbar back and travelling down to the toes

Sciatica pain is not always the same it may change from being occasional to persistent and paralyzing. The indications usually depend on the situation of the damaged nerve

The characteristics of sciatica pain are usually painful and highly paralyzing, in rare cases the permanent sciatic nerve may be damaged or spinal cord is the cause of sciatica pain

The Sciatic Nerve pain and  Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest singular nerve in the human body that is comprised of separate nerve roots spreading out in branches from the lower end of the spinal cord and gather to form a singular nerve root called sciatica nerve. Sciatic pain arises when this long sciatic nerve is pinched or pressed

Possibility and recovery from sciatica pain

Sciatic pain usually occurs from in the middle age initiating from the age of  40 and 50. However, in rare cases the sciatica pain has been observed among the people aged earlier than 20. Usually the  pain does not occur in consequence of a sudden injury, but will evolve with time. Most of the people experiencing sciatica pain recover their pain within a few weeks or months of  noninvasive treatments

When to see your doctor

Sciatica pain sometimes require immediate consultations and possible surgical treatment, these include; weakness in the leg and bowel and bladder dysfunctions. Infections and spinal cord tumor can also cause sciatica pain