Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of dealing with lower back pain understands how debilitating it can be. Lower back pain can stop you from living your life. All of the movement in your body emanates from this area, and so when it has a problem, it is felt in everything that you do. Sciatica is pain that affects the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is often linked to lower back pain because in many cases it’s caused by a disc herniation. When your disc is herniated, it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. This, in turn, leads to pain that starts in your lower back and travels all the way down the affected leg. Some have compared sciatica pain to a fire, and some have compared sciatica pain to electrocution. It is excruciating, and it can drastically change your life for the worse.
What are the Most Common Symptoms of Sciatica?
There are multiple symptoms of sciatica. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Lower back pain
· Pain in your buttocks or leg that intensifies while sitting
· Pain in your hip
· A burning or tingling sensation in your leg
· Muscle weakness in the affected leg
· Radiating pain that makes standing difficult
For most people, sciatica only affects one side of the body. It starts at the back and goes all the way down the leg. It usually stops right above the ankle. The extent of the pain you experience is going to vary depending on what point of your sciatic nerve is affected. Some people actually have pain all the way down into their toes.
Some sciatica sufferers have pain that is constant. It is severe, and it prevents them from moving. Others have pain that’s infrequent. It might not always be as severe, but it is irritating. What makes this less severe form of sciatica frustrating for suffers is the realization that in short order the pain could reach a level where it becomes drastic.
What to Do About Sciatica Pain
If you’re dealing with sciatica pain, talk to our medical professional at Principled Healthcare Solutions as soon as possible. You should definitely seek medical assistance if the pain leads to extremity weakness or you feel numbness in your upper thighs.
Sciatica affects millions of people around the world. Thankfully, there are different treatments available that have helped free people from their sciatica pain. It has allowed them to get back to living their life in a healthy, happy, normal way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Hamilton!