If you suddenly start feeling unexplainable pain in your buttock, lower back or thigh, chances are that your sciatic nerve is not doing quite well. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body that plays the crucial role of connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. Unfortunately, every person alive has about 40% chance of experiencing some form of sciatic pain at some point in their lives. While it might not be a chronic condition for most people, even infrequent sciatic pain can be frustrating and devitalizing – it can feel like a bad leg cramp or like an electrical tingling, it can appear anytime you get up or even sneeze, and it can last for weeks.
While over-the-counter medications can offer some relief from the pain, they rarely address the underlying inflammation that’s the real root of the problem. Luckily, there are other, highly effective and drug-free sciatica treatments that can provide a long-term relief alongside with some extra health benefits. Read the rest of this article to learn more!
What causes sciatica?
Sciatic pain, or sciatica, is most commonly caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs from each side of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine through the buttock and all the way down to the foot and in most cases, it’s the piriformis muscle (a small hip rotator muscle located in the buttock region) that irritates the nearby sciatic nerve, thereby causing pain and numbness. That being said, the nerve roots that exit the spine to form the sciatic nerve are very sensitive and can easily be irritated and a variety of back problems can also contribute to sciatic pain, including preexisting lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and/or spondylolisthesis. The pain can be made even worse if you’re overweight and physically inactive, or if you regularly wear high heels.
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