Sciatica: Symptoms and More

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Apr 06

Sciatica is a symptom of other medical conditions and is often associated with pain that begins in the lumbar or lower back area. Sciatica can manifest as tenderness in the longest nerve of our body known as the sciatic nerve, after which this painful sensation is named. The pain usually starts in the lower back and runs down the back of the leg.

The sciatic nerve starts in the nerve roots found in the back region branching off the tip of the spine. Sciatica pain can begin in the back and seems to pass around like waves through the back of the thighs to behind the knees, specifically following the route of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica can be caused by spinal stenosis through which the nerve moves. Sitting or driving for a long period can produce sciatic pain. It is estimated that about 40% of the population experiences sciatica during their lifetime. Sciatica occurs most frequently in people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.

In cases of severe acute sciatica, people feel the pain even after prolonged sitting or standing. They can not walk long and also have great trouble while getting up from a seated position. People suffering from sciatica may also notice weakness in their foot or leg and also suffer from ankle ache. In cases of acute sciatica this weakness may be felt more intensely along with the pain.

If you experience any pain from your back to feet, you may have sciatica. The symptoms may also include numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness. These symptoms will gradually go away if treated correctly by doing different types of treatment plans recommended by your physical therapist.

Often sciatica pain can be temporary, but prevent it from becoming severe or debilitating by contacting us. Our professionals at Above and Beyond Physical Therapy in Phoenix and Queen Creek are trained to help. Schedule an appointment today.


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