Sciatica Pain (pain in buttocks shooting down leg)
Sciatica (pronounced sigh-at-eh-kah) is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiates along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. Sciatica pain can also occur when a disc herniates, releasing inflammatory proteins irritates the adjacent nerve. Sciatica pain are symptoms of underlying medical conditions, and not a diagnosis. Sciatic nerve pain becomes more commonplace in middle age, where it is most likely to develop around the ages of 40 – 50.
What causes Sciatica pain? (3 common causes)
- Lumbar herniated disc. A herniated disc occurs when the soft inner material of the disc leaks out or herniates through, irritating or pinching the adjacent nerve root. Other terms used to refer to a herniated disc are: slipped disc, ruptured disc, bulging disc or a protruding disc.
- Degenerative disc disease is a phenomenon of age related wear and tear and is a natural process that occurs when one or more degenerated discs in the lower back irritates a nerve root and causes sciatica. Degenerative disc disease is diagnosed when inflammatory proteins from inside the disc become exposed and irritate the nerve root(s) due to a weakened disc pressing against a nerve, resulting in sciatica.
- Piriformis syndrome. The sciatic nerve passes under the piriformis muscle in the buttocks. Sciatica-type pain can be felt if the piriformis muscle irritates or pinches a nerve root that comprises of the sciatic nerve.
In addition to the most common causes, a number of other conditions can cause sciatica:
- Pregnancy. The changes the body goes through during pregnancy, including weight gain, a shift of one’s centre of gravity and hormonal changes, can cause sciatica.
- Scar tissue. Also called epidural fibrosis. If scar tissue compresses a lumbar nerve root, it can cause sciatica.
- Muscle strain. In some cases, inflammation related to a lower muscle strain and/or muscle spasm, can put pressure on a nerve root and cause sciatica pain.
Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body and often described as searing or sharp, as opposed to achy and throbbing. Depending on where the sciatic nerve roots are compressed, sciatica symptoms may be felt in different areas of the leg and into the foot. Sciatica pain is often characterised by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain in the lower back and hips radiating down the leg to the foot (rarely in both legs) and often described as tingling, burning, or searing (versus a dull ache).
- Pain in left buttock or pain in right buttock, with pain in buttocks shooting down the leg.
- A combination of lower back pain and leg pain with numbness, weakness and difficulty moving the leg, foot or toes.
- Burning pain in the lower back and buttocks area that gets is worse when sitting and sharp when standing up or walking.
How to help Sciatica pain?
When nutrients that maintain the health and strength of the spinal discs are at levels inadequate to maintain cellular activity or viability it results in cell death and disc degeneration. Disc degeneration is linked to the loss of disc height, stiffness in the spine, limited range of motion, arthritis of the spinal joints, thinning discs, back pain and sciatica pain.
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