What Is Sciatica?

September 3rd, 2018 by LOC Team

Sciatica affects the largest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve. This nerve comes out the bottom of your spine and runs down your leg. It is the nerve that gives you pins and needles when you sit down for too long. Sciatica is an indication of an underlying condition. This underlying condition is usually a herniated disc at the bottom of your spine. This condition needs to be found to treat sciatica. Without finding the underlying cause of sciatica, the condition will never go away. Thankfully, there are exercises that can help relieve the pain from sciatica while the treatment of the underlying condition is doing its work. Before we get to these exercises for sciatica, let’s find out about the symptoms of sciatica.

Sciatica symptoms

The symptoms of sciatica tend to be similar for everyone. When there is something pressing on the sciatic nerve (a herniated disc, muscle or bone spur, for example), pain shoots down the legs. This pain can begin fairly mild, but it will grow quickly. Soon, it may be difficult to stand up straight and walk. It’s not so much that sciatica makes it difficult to walk, but the pain from it can cause you real trouble when you try and walk, bend, rotate your hips or even sit down.

Some people also experience pins and needles with sciatica, but this doesn’t happen to everyone. Typically, with sciatica, it flares up dramatically when something in the spine presses on the nerve and this will cause the shooting pains. You may also have some minor pain (in comparison to the pain from sciatica) in your back. This back pain is likely due to the condition causing the sciatica.

Relief from sciatica

Finding relief from sciatica is on top of everyone’s to-do list. However, it can be tricky to find relief from sciatica. As we said, the underlying condition needs to be found in order to treat sciatica. Many people with sciatica will only tell their doctor about their major symptoms. They miss out the other little symptoms in their back because they do not think they are worth mentioning. However, these small symptoms are just as important as the bigger ones, more so, in fact. These provide your doctor with clues as to why and how the sciatica started and where to look for an underlying issue. So, to find relief from sciatica, it is vital that you tell your doctor about every single symptom you have felt, no matter how small.

Sciatica exercises

There are plenty of exercises for sciatica, many of these are stretches. These help by stretching the ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves in your legs and back to allow your body to relax. You see, with conditions like sciatica, the pain gets worse because you tense up a lot because of the pain. These sciatica exercises help you relax and allows your body time to heal the problem.

If you would like our help with your sciatica, please get in touch. We are happy to show you some sciatica exercises and stretches to help you cope with the pain while we get to the root cause of your sciatica.