How to not let sciatica hit a nerve

- Nataraj N

Sciatica refers to the pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve travels from the buttocks, down to each leg.

Causes of sciatica

Sciatica is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. It can be triggered by spinal conditions such as a herniated disk and non-spinal conditions such as pelvic injuries or pregnancy.

Symptoms of sciatica

Mild tingling sensation, numbness, or dull ache at the posterior part of the thigh accompanied by sudden weakness in the leg are common symptoms. In a few cases, the pain is severe enough to hinder mobility.

Managing sciatica

Icing within the first 42-72 hours (about 3 days) can reduce inflammation and then you can shift to a heat pack. Reduce physical activity and if the symptoms aggravate, consult a doctor.

Preventing sciatica

Weight control, good posture, exercising and stretching, building strong back and abdominal muscles, and perseverance in following a routine can help prevent and recover from sciatica.

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