Sciatica refers to pain and discomfort caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots. This nerve is the longest nerve in the body that is located on the back of the pelvis, hip and area of the buttock, down to the back of each leg, and low and controls many of the muscles in these areas. When one of the roots of the nerve in the lower spine is irritated or compressed, the result is a pain felt in the back/buttock region or the lower parts of the leg and foot. This pain can extend a rare malaise into a continuous, egregious and debilitating pain accompanied by sensations of numbness or weakness in the lower limbs. It is important to note that sciatica is not a disorder, but a symptom. Sciatica is most common among people between the ages of 30 and 50 years, and is often the result of general wear, rather than a specific injury.
While sciatica can be atrocious, permanent nerve damage is very rare and the symptoms of pain are often alone at approximately 6 weeks without any invasive treatment. There are however some treatment options that help to relieve the pain and discomfort, and encourage faster healing. What are the symptoms of sciatica? Sciatica often causes pain radiating from his lower back, from the region of the buttock to the back of his thigh. Typically affects only one side of the body and can affect all areas along this trajectory of the nerve, however, often follow a descending pattern of pain from the rear lower and travel down. The pain may also vary between individuals and can be experienced in the following ways: * numbness, burning or sensation of ringing in the legs or toes of the foot * extremely painful headaches that tend to get worse when walking, sitting, coughing, sneezing or after any physical activity.