Symptoms associated with sciatica are usually described as “electrical shock”, “burning or scalding pain”, “numbness and tingling”, or “the feeling of a “hot poker” to name just a few. The actual medical terms you may see are radiculopathy or radiculitis, both of which are descriptions of sciatic nerve pain.
What Is Sciatica And How Can You Treat It?
The first known use of the word sciatica dates to 1451. Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain, the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve, causing the pain. This point is important, because treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms will often be different, depending upon the underlying cause of the symptoms.
Sciatica is generally caused by the compression of lumbar nerves L4 or L5 or sacral nerves S1, S2, or S3, or by compression of the sciatic nerve itself. When sciatica is caused by compression of a dorsal nerve root (radix) it is considered a lumbar radiculopathy (or radiculitis when accompanied with an inflammatory response). This can occur as a result of a spinal disk bulge or spinal disc herniation (a herniated intervertebral disc), or from roughening, enlarging, and/or misalignment (spondylolisthesis) of the vertebrae, or as a result of degenerated discs that can reduce the diameter of the lateral foramen through which nerve roots exit the spine. The intervertebral discs consist of an annulus fibrosus which forms a ring surrounding the inner nucleus pulposus. When there is a tear in the annulus fibrosus, the nucleus pulposus (pulp) may extrude through the tear and press against spinal nerves within the spinal cord, cauda equina, or exiting nerve roots, causing inflammation, numbness or excruciating pain. Sciatica due to compression of a nerve root is one of the most common forms of radiculopathy. (from Wikipedia)
Here’s a more comprehensive article on sciatica and some of the best treatment for sciatica.
When a medical diagnosis of sciatica is made, it will often be referred to as “radiculitis” or “radiculopathy”, which simply means irritation of the nerve root in the lower back. An important note here is that sciatica is often times the result of irritation of the sciatic nerve outside the spine.
Most sciatica symptoms are self limiting, meaning that they resolve on their own. Resolution of symptoms is usually within a few days to several weeks. The symptoms can range in intensity from a dull ache to a “burning or hot poker” sensation.
While sciatica pain can become severe, permanent nerve damage is rare. Warning signs to be on the lookout for include progressive leg weakness and bowel and bladder dysfunction. If either of these issues should be encountered, contact your physician immediately.
True sciatica is a symptom of an underlying problem that is causing the irritation to the sciatic nerve. For treatment to be effective, therefore, the source of the problem must be identified. Common problems that give rise to sciatica symptoms include: original article here
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Many people find that certain exercises are very helpful. Often times people with severe sciatica pain can often eliminate their pain without drugs or formal medical treatment.
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