Sciatica or sciatic neuralgia is a commoncondition in which one of the spinal nerve roots of the sciatic nerve is compressed resultingin lower back, buttock and leg pain. Sciatic nerve is a large nerve derived from 5 spinalnerve roots: L4, L5, S1, S2 and S3. It runs from the lumbar spine through the buttockdown the leg and the foot on the posterior aspect. There is one sciatic nerve on eachside of the body. Typically, only one side of the body is affected.A typical sciatica pain is described as a sharp shooting pain in the lower back, downthe buttock, thigh and leg on one side of the body. There may also be numbness, burningand tingling sensations. The pain can get
worse with sitting, moving, sneezing, or coughing.The patterns of pain depend on which nerve root is compressed, and follow the dermatomedistribution. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniatedspinal disc. The spinal disc is a soft elastic cushion that sits in between the vertebraeof the spine. With age, the discs become rigid and may crack, the gellike center of thedisc may protrude out and become a herniation outside the normal boundaries of the disc.Disc herniation presses on the nerve root as it exits the spine.In majority of the cases the condition resolves by itself after a few weeks of rest and conservativetreatment. Pain relief, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory
drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed.Stretching exercises and physical therapy may be recommended.Surgery may be needed if the pain doesn't go away after 3 months or more of conservativetreatments. The herniated disc may be removed in a procedure called discectomy. Or, in anotherprocedure called laminotomy, part of the bone of the vertebrae may be cut to make room forthe nerve.
What is Sciatica
Sciatica is a type of pain that stems fromthe irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nervein the human body running from the spinal cord through the buttocks and down each legany right below the knee. Common symptoms are leg pain tingling andnumbness in the leg and feet, and pain throughout the lower back and buttocks. To diagnose a physician will conduct thoroughphysical exam of the patient to asses' tenderness over certain areas of the spine along withthe monitoring mobility of lower extremities as well as doing the neurological examination.There are several treatment options for sciatica.
Natural types of therapy like exercise, physicaltherapy, massage, a balanced nutritious diet and rest have found the aid in the relieffrom sciatica. For patients with more severe cases of sciaticainterventional types of treatment can be explored. These include epidural steroid injectionsas well as potential trigger point injections. Techniques like biofeedback and spinal cordstimulation have also been effective to decrease patient's symptoms.
Back Pain and Sciatica Relief Yoga Tutorial Tutorial
I'm Asha. Come up on to the knees, bring theleft foot forward and then take your right elbow and bring it outside the left knee.Knee stays aligned with the heel. You can press your left palm against your thigh tohelp you twist a little, so the twist is coming all the way from the abdomen. Bring the palmstogether and then when you feel nice and stable, tuck the toes up the right leg and lift theknee off the ground. You can look over to the side or behind. And then to get even deeperinto the twist, allow the right palm to come down and the left palm to come up. And youcan release by dropping the knee down and coming back to the center. For an additionaltwist, a really nice and tight twist, you
can try a binding pose. So bring the elbowall the way down, so that the shoulders are on the knee. Give yourself a little twistand then right palm underneath and left palm over, bring the finger tips together. Youcan hook them and then lift off the back leg. See if you can look behind you to really enjoythe full benefits of the twists. And to release, drop down, palms down, leg back and then overto the opposite side.