What Is Sciatica?

What Is SciaticaWhat is sciatica you asked! In some instances, sciatica, a back problem may be listed as slip disc, yet the pain often challenges doctors diagnose since a sharp, electrical shock-like and distressing ache starts at the back and then travels to the legs. The pain is intermittent sometimes, while other times the pain may be chronic.

This particular problem often requires surgery to correct. According to a few experts, sciatica is one of the worst backaches endured, since even when the pain has mild pain it is difficult to bend forward and over to tie a shoe lace. The problem rests in the spine, joints, and connective elements of the spinal column that links to the entire body.

Sciatica Facts

Sciatica is pain resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain of sciatica is naturally felt from the low back to behind the thigh and radiating down to below the knee.

Back Pain and Diagnosis

Many doctors who have little experience in diagnosis fail to find the cause of concern that could lead to speedy cures. Rather many doctors focus on prescribing medicines and searching for answers, which many times rest in front of them. Don’t get me wrong, good doctors reach everywhere, yet these people lack educational knowledge of the spinal column, central nervous system and so on. As well, these people fail to see that many causes of back pain rests in misaligned bones, or spine. Of course, diseases may cause back pain as well. Sitting too long, lack of stretch exercises, etc, all cause lower back pain.

Serious back pain often won’t show up in MRI or CT scans. X-rays will show back conditions. However since doctors review all areas, except the alignment of the bones and spine, thus most times the x-rays only reveal what the doctor wants to see. This happens to many people, including myself. When an experienced doctor analyze the spine and bones, he wants to see if you have chronic back conditions.

Structure of the Spine

Muscles, bones, central nerves, bones etc. make up the spinal column. What holds the spine together is disc, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, etc? When a person stands erect, the spine’s elements will join to apply tension. You can visualize the tension by considering how a string will respond when you pull it down. The changes assist the body in mobility; it also determines how the body responds to movement.

The lower back is made up of large-scale structures, including the backbone and the hip joints. The hip joints connect to the pelvis and each element joins with the spinal column at the triangle bone in the lower back and at the baseline of the spine that joins the hipbones on either side and forms part of the pelvis. (Sacrum)

The large bones attach to the legs provide us strength and support to the vertical spinal column. Thick bones that start at the opposite side of the thick cord of nerve tissues (Spinal Cord) that is near the neck. Joints along this area thick and the bones start to thin and shrink. The spinal cord is a “thick whitish” nerve cord surrounded by tissues and extends from the base of the brain and continues to the spinal column, giving mount to a pair of spinal nerves that contribute the body.

The spine is held up by the larger group of bones at the lower region, smaller base, and the top architectures. Stress occurs at the area, since below this region larger muscles work by directing and sparking movement. This is how the legs are able to move, which brute stress is applied to the vertebrae. At the back, we also have a lumbar spinal disc. The disc is affected by the brute stress, since each time we bend and sit, we are applying more than 500 pounds to this area, yet it stretches to a “square inch” around the disks and per count along the area.

What are the Causes of Sciatica?

A disc herniation directly pressing on the nerve is the main cause of sciatica. However any cause of irritation or inflammation of this nerve can reproduce the symptoms of sciatica. These causes include irritation of the nerve from tumors, adjacent bone, muscle, infections, injury and many others.

Sciatica Treatment Options?

Traditionally treatment for Sciatica includes:

  • Bed Rest,
  • Proper Exercise,
  • Addressing the underlying cause of sciatica,
  • Medications to relieve pain and inflammation,
  • Relax Muscles,
  • Physical Therapy,
  • Surgical Procedures (for persistent sciatica caused by nerve compression at the lower spine).

 

The Cure For Sciatica

Our doctor has to examine the patient, diagnose possible underlying causes, diseases, whether nerves are concerned, look at X-ray before he can propose the most suitable treatment plan for speedy recovery. So make an appointment with us today. The sooner you start seeking consultation with our experienced doctor, the sooner you’re rid of Sciatica.

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