Pinched Nerve Sciatica Is A Common
Cause of Back Pain
Sciatica is a common form of
pain in the lower back (otherwise known as the lumbar
Sciatica has actually been a medical
term since the medieval times; it was first recorded as being
used around 1450. The back pain
called sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic
nerve, this can sometimes happen due to a spinal disc
herniation, otherwise known as a bulging disc.
When a disc bulges it pushes cartilage
out of its usual place and this can sometimes catch on a nerve
root, including the sciatic nerve.
Sometimes sciatica can be experienced when pregnant, because
the uterus can press on the sciatic nerve causing severe pain,
once pregnancy is over, and the uterus is back to its normal
state, the pain should stop and the patient will be able to
live without any further problems.
The affects of sciatica differ from patient to patient but
generally the sufferer will feel pain in the back and shooting
pains through the buttocks and down one or both legs. The pain
isn’t always permanent, some people have the pain
intermittently, and it all depends on what is pressing on the
Overall Sciatica can be a painful experience and can cause a
lot of discomfort, especially when a sufferer is experiencing
an episode where they get shooting pains down their legs.
Simple pain relief through anti-inflammatory medication and
painkillers such as paracetamol can effectively treat a lot of
sciatica patients. Others can feel relief through physical or
Physical therapy is used to identify a persons movement
restrictions and work with them to maximize their movement
abilities, this can also mean setting them small movement
exercises they can carry out at home.
Massage therapy is the massage of problem areas to manage
pain, this is not just a relaxing massage, and this is a deep
massage applying pressure and tension to really "work" the
Some people say that the following day after massage therapy
they feel like they have been lifting weights all day as the
body aches from the deep penetration of muscles and joints.
Some alternative treatments reportedly help sciatica too,
like chiropractic manipulation.
A chiropractor works on diagnosing and treating muscular and
skeletal problems to improve general health and issues they may
have on the nervous system. Manipulation of the spine is one of
the main areas of expertise a chiropractor has so someone who
is suffering with sciatica may benefit from visiting a
chiropractor about their issues. When you visit a chiropractor
be aware that it may cause discomfort as the chiropractor may
add pressure to areas that are already sensitive.
There has been talk about acupuncture helping people who
suffer with back pain but the current belief is that this only
acts as a placebo and the problem does not go away.
Sciatica is a treatable condition that may cause discomfort,
although it will not stop a sufferer living life to the