Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. The sciatic nerve is a peripheral nerve made up of the spinal nerves that originate at L4, L5 and sometimes S1. The most common cause of this nerve irritation is a disc problem, such as a bulging, herniated or a degenerative disc. It can also come from having spinal arthritis that is inflaming the nerve, or possibly a misalignment in the lower spine or sacroiliac joint.
And let's not forget the cause of injury. I recently made a misstep on a rather slick hardwood floor while wearing socks. I had two legs going in opposite directions... like the splits! At age 66, my body is not wired for that kind of contortion. There was an immediate pain in the hip. Swelling and a large bruise on the upper thigh following. After a couple of trips to the doctor, he concluded I had stretched by quad muscle severely and aggravated the nerve. The sciatic nerve can be relentless unless we keep moving. Although the pangs begin in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, they then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot. The leg agony is often worse than the back pain,” says William A. Abdu, MD, medical director of the Spine Center of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Usually felt in one leg, the sensation can be tolerable, says Birgit Ruppert, a physical therapist at the Spine Center. Some people liken it to the nerve pain you experience if you have a toothache.
Pain relievers can definitely help. I have used ibuprofen (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) to ease the distress. Doctors sometimes prescribe muscle relaxants if painful muscle spasms accompany a disk herniation. “These won't help with the pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, “says A. Nick Shamie, MD, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Home remedies would start with proper exercises. Moving is usually the last thing people dogged by sciatica want to do, but it's important to be physically active. “Lying in bed makes it more likely that the pain will last longer, “says Ruppert. Exercise increases blood flow to the disk and the nerve, helping to get rid of the chemicals causing the inflammation.” Take 15 to 20 minute walks. If that hurts too much, give swimming or water aerobics a try; there's not as much pressure on the back when you're in the water, says Ruppert.
Another non-invasive form of treatment would be Massage Therapy. Trigger point therapy is best, says Jeff Smoot, vice president of the American Massage Therapy Association. The sciatic nerve sits underneath a muscle called the Piriformis, which is located beneath the glutes. “When the Piriformis muscle gets tight, it pinches the sciatic nerve, causing tingling and numbness down into the leg, “says Smoot. He applies pressure to irritated and inflamed areas, or trigger points, in the Piriformis muscle, as well as in muscles in the lower back and glutes to provide relief. Typically, Smoot schedules treatments 7-10 days apart. If patients don't see progress by the fourth visit, “they need to try another form of therapy, “he says.
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