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Sciatica Nerve Pain
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sciatica occurs when a herniated disk in the individual’s lumbar or lower spine is affected. Their vertebrae, which are the bones that make up their spine, are distinguished and cushioned by an array of connective tissues that are flat and flexible in nature.

When a disk becomes worn down, which may be due to an injury or age, its soft core begins to expand from the outer ring. In other words, this is when the disk is herniated, which exerts pressure on the nerves in close proximity. This is what creates considerable pain in the back and is basically the definition of sciatica. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, so you can well imagine the pain associated with sciatica would be significant.


The most frequently occurring signal of sciatica is pain in the lower back. In general, there are a host of reasons why an individual would experience pain in their back, particularly the lower region. Therefore, they cannot tell independently whether sciatica is the cause or if it is another reason altogether. This calls for immediate consultation with a specialist.

Typically, in cases of sciatica, the discomfort extends through the buttocks down to either leg. Also, the affected leg may incite disconcerting pain when the affected individual moves. This can include sitting and even coughing or sneezing.

Additionally, the leg may begin to feel numb and vulnerable as well. Indications of sciatica tend to emerge abruptly and can usually take days or in some cases, weeks to subside.


The treatment for sciatica is based on whether the condition is acute or chronic. We will look at both instances below:

Acute Sciatica

The vast majority of acute sciatica cases responds well to self care methods and do not require lengthy and exacting treatment. For example, purchasing and consuming over the counter pain killers like ibuprofen can do trick. Also, regular exercise such as walking on a daily and light stretching beforehand is quite beneficial as well.
Moreover, patients suffering from acute sciatica can also use hot or cold compression packs to alleviate their pain. Alternating between these can help assuage their pain considerably.

Chronic Sciatica

On the other hand, treatment for a chronic condition differs from an acute case, naturally. The former typically involves a combination of self care techniques and medical treatment. For instance, undergoing physical therapy can be extraordinarily useful for patients.

The same applies to cognitive behavioral therapy, which results in the effective management of chronic pain by training individuals to react better to the pain they experience. Furthermore, patients may be administered painkillers to treat their condition as well.

Also, the last resort in these cases is surgery. This is recommended when patients fail to respond well to any of the treatments mentioned above.

If you are experiencing anguish in your lower back, you should consult specialists like Advanced Neurosurgery immediately!

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