Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg.
Symptoms of Sciatica:
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
• Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
• Burning or tingling down the leg
• Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
• A constant pain on one side of the rear
• A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.
common causes of sciatica include:
• Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
• Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae)
• Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)
Other things that may make your back pain worse include being overweight, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft.
Once the pain of sciatica passes (usually within six weeks), these steps may prevent it from returning:
• Practice good posture. Stand up straight with your ears aligned with your shoulders. Align your shoulders with your hips. Keep your buttocks tucked in and your knees slightly bent.
• Walk and/or swim. Walking and swimming can help to strengthen your lower back.
• Lift objects safely. Always lift from a squatting position. Use your hips and legs to do the heavy work.
• Avoid sitting for extended periods. If you sit at work, take regular breaks to stand and walk around.
• Use proper sleeping posture. Sleep on your side or on your back. Put a pillow under your knees.