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Published on August 18th, 2013 | by Tom


Sciatic Nerve Pain Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Relief

Sciatica is one of the most common types of pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve: from your lower back down to each leg. Read the article to have a general idea of sciatic nerve pain.

Symptoms of sciatic nerve pain

Common symptoms of sciatic nerve pain are listed as follow:

  1. Pain that stretch from your lower back to down to your leg is the most typical symptom of sciatica. In most cases, sciatica only affects one side of your body.
  2. The pain becomes worse when you are sitting or standing.
  3. Some people may also feel muscle weakness, numbness, tingling or difficulty when moving the affected leg or foot
  4. A sharp, burning sensation or discomfort.

Causes of sciatica nerve pain

  1. Irritation of the lower part of the spine.
  2. Compression or injury to the sciatic nerve.
  3. Narrowing of the spinal canal in the root of the back.
  4. Breakdown of discs, which serves as a cushions between the vertebrae.
  5. Pregnancy
  6. Other things that may worse your pain include: overweight, wearing high heels or overuse in sports.

Sciatic Nerve Pain Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Relief

Treatment of sciatica nerve pain

1. Ask for immediate medical help if you are having with any symptoms of progressive lower extremity weakness or loss of bladder or bowel control.

2. Apply cold compress several times a day. Hold ice pack to the painful site for 20 minutes each time.

3. For the first couple of days after the beginning of the pain, apply warm compress for 2-3 times daily.

4. Combine cold and warm compress and apply it alternatively.

5. Perform regular exercise. This is the most effective painkiller for people who are suffering from sciatica. Instead of lying on the bed, try the following 4 sciatica exercises on daily basis, you will find amazing outcomes.

  • Press Ups: lying on your stomach with your arms bent and palms on the floor will relax your buttocks and legs, reducing pressure on your muscles. Press your upper body up, while the other parts of your body remain the previous positions. Stay in this posture for 3 seconds, and repeat it for 10 times, twice a day.
  • Extension exercises: lie on your stomach and stretch out your arms and legs. Raise one of your arm and the leg on the opposite side, and stay in the position for 3 seconds, and then return your leg and arm to the previous position. Repeating this exercise for 20 times per day is enough to enhance of fluids in the spinal discs.
  • Curl-Up exercises: lie on your back and bend your knees. You can hold your arms under the head or fold them on the chest. Lift your head or shoulders from the floor and maintain the position for 3 seconds. 10 times of curl up is recommended, you can perform more if necessary.
  • Leg-raising exercises: lie on your back with your hands placed under your head, or you can put a pillow under you neck for more comforts. Raise one of your legs above the ground, and then release it after 3-5 seconds. Do the same with the other leg.

6. Take over-the-counter painkillers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

7. If those measures cannot help you relieve the pain, go to the doctor and ask for professional medical help.

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