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Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, about the width of your thumb. It carries messages from your brain through your spine to your legs, as well relay messages from those areas back to your brain.
What Is My Sciatic Nerve?
What Is Sciatica? What Is Sciatica Nerve Pain?
Anything that puts pressure on your sciatic nerve can result in sciatica nerve pain. This often happens around your pelvis or hip. Sometimes a small muscle under your glutes called your piriformis will be under tension. As your sciatic nerve passes either next to or through this muscle, any stress in your piriformis could put tension on your sciatic nerve causing sciatica nerve pain.
Other causes of sciatic nerve pain include problems in your pelvis or lower spine. If you have any sort of injury in this area or mechanical problems such as lack of proper mobility, this could contribute to your sciatica symptoms.
Another factor is the health of your spine. If there is any degeneration in your lower spinal joints or discs, this can also add to your sciatic nerve pains.
Symptoms Of Sciatic Nerve Pain
So what does it feel like to have sciatica? When you have sciatica nerve pain, you may feel pain starting in your lower back. This pain then travels down past your gluts and down the back of your leg and sometimes to your calf.
Your sciatic nerve pain could be mild to severe. It can also feeling burning or tingling, like electric shocks. Numbness or weakness are also common.
Things such as coughing and sneezing may make your nerve pain worse. Sciatica pain will usually only be on one side of your body. Sitting can also be tough.
- Manual therapy to restore movement
- Electrical modalities for sciatica pain relief
- Exercise rehab including stretches for sciatica
- Strengthening exercises
- Chiropractic: Adjustments improve the movement and function of your spine, pelvis and hips. With less stress on your nerves your body will be better able to repair
- Exercises for sciatica: Sciatica exercises may include sciatica stretches, strengthening and core exercise
- Surgery: When conservative care is not successful, or you are having trouble with your bathroom functions (bowel and bladder control) surgery may be needed
- Results will of course vary from person to person
Things To Do At Home To Help With Sciatica Pain Relief
- Wallet: Avoid having your wallet in your back pocket. Put it in your front pocket instead or somewhere else. By having it in your back pocket when you sit, it unbalances your pelvis and lower back which is not an ideal position for you to be in
- Posture: Try and sit up straight, with your back fully resting against your chair’s back rest. Slouching is hard on your spine, joints, discs and nerves
- Move: Get up and move at least every hour if you spend long periods of time working, studying or gaming
- Core: By keeping your core strong, your spine will have more support and better coordination. You will be less likely to injure yourself such as from unexpected movements such as falls or bumps
- Exercise: Stretch those tight muscles from sitting too long such as your hamstrings and hip flexors. Strengthen those weak muscles as well, like your gluts, abdominals and quads
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Your treatments may include spinal and joint adjustments, a variety of stretching and strengthening rehab exercises as well as suggestions on ergonomics and posture.