The pain of sciatica can range from mild to severe, and anyone who’s ever suffered with sciatica will know how painful it can be.
With some estimates claiming up to 40 per cent of people will experience sciatica, it’s a common cause of lower back pain.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a symptom of a variety of conditions which cause irritation or compression of nerve tissue either in the nerve root or the actual sciatic nerve. This nerve is the longest in the human body and runs from the lower back to the feet. Sciatic pain is really an umbrella term for nerve pain in the buttock and down the leg. It’s a bit like a headache, in that it can have a variety of causes.
People with sciatica often feel a stabbing, burning or shooting pain in their bottom, backs of the legs, feet or toes. As well as being in pain, these areas may also be numb, weak or tingly. Depending on the cause of the sciatica, sufferers may also experience lower back pain. The sciatic nerve is formed from various nerve roots that come out of the spine, and pain occurs at this point because of nerve root compression caused by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. However, these can cause symptoms that can be classed as sciatica. As well as occurring when there’s a compression of the nerve roots, sciatica can also be caused by a compression on the sciatic nerve by muscles, most commonly because of piriformis. Read on for more details about the causes of sciatica.
What should you do if you have sciatica?
Sciatic pain can range from mild to severe. Many people will see their doctor if they have sciatica, who will recommend taking painkillers, applying heat packs to the affected areas, and doing regular stretches and exercises. They may also be referred for physiotherapy or massage. In extreme cases, surgery may also be suggested.
Once the sciatic pain has gone, you can reduce your chances of it returning by staying healthy and active, maintaining good posture both when sitting and standing, and ensuring you lift objects safely.
What if your sciatica persists or returns?
Although sciatica often improves quickly and disappears within a month or so, in many people it can be a continuous or recurring source of pain. General medical advice for people with sciatica is to continue with normal activities as much as possible, but many people find this difficult because their pain can be exacerbated by everyday movements and even sneezing or coughing. Sciatica can therefore have a huge impact on a sufferer’s ability to lead a normal life and take part in activities that they enjoy. This can lead to their pain having a significant psychosocial affect on them, and they may need psychological support to cope with both the pain and the fear of isolation and stress caused by the pain. Click this link to read more about the fear of pain.
Causes of sciatica
Sciatica is caused by pressure or irritation of the sciatic nerve. It is usually a product of a back injury or one of the following conditions:
How Pelvipro helps relieve sciatic pain
Pelvipro repositions the pelvis putting the hips and the spine in a more optimal position and better regulates force acting through the sacroiliac joints.
Because Pelvipro puts the spine in an optimal position, the spine will be more upright which will help open up the gaps in which the nerve roots exits the spine. It is at this point the compression usually happens, so by opening this space up the compression can be significantly decreased, reducing the sciatica symptoms.
With the spine and the pelvis being in their optimal position, there is less likelihood of aggravation of tissue which causes pain. Pain can cause various important supporting muscles to switch off. These muscles help protect the intervertebral discs which, if unprotected, can become damaged and start to herniate and push into the nerve. By aligning the pelvis and spine, Pelvipro stops this from happening and creates the best environment for stabilising muscles to strengthen.
The repositioning of the pelvis in relation to the hip will mean the piriformis has not been lengthened or shortened. Both of these circumstances can cause compression on the sciatic nerve. Pelvipro stops this!
The forces through the sacroiliac joints (SIJ) can be more optimally regulated with Pelvipro. SIJ dysfunction can cause the piriformis to tighten which, again, will cause sciatic nerve compression. Again, Pelvipro stops this!
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