Friday, June 26, 2009

What's Is Sciatica?

If you have suffered from lower back pain like I have, you have probably heard about Sciatica and the Sciatic nerve. When this nerve is irritated by a bulging disc the pain can be very intense. But what exactly is Sciatica what are the symptoms and the cause of this painful condition?

According to Wikipedia Sciatica is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself.

When these nerves are "pinched the pain can radiate from your lower back and buttock all the way down your leg to your feet. In my case I had pain travel ling right to my toes. Sometimes my feet felt numb, sometimes there was a burning sensation, sometimes cold. This was accompanied by pain; which believe me can be can be excruciating.

There are several causes: herniated disc, spinal stenosis, lifestyle, piriformis, trigger points and pregnancy. I will go into more detail on each of these causes in other articles. The important thing to remember is if your lower back pain is traveling down your leg and this pain persists you need to see your doctor.

But how do you prevent and or cure lower back pain? How do you lose the pain and get on with your life? Well the answer is to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles. One of the top rated programs is called the Lose The Back Pain System developed by therapists and doctors of the Healthy Back Institute. This program has helped thousands by strengthening muscles and eliminating muscles imbalance.

As someone who has suffered with a bad back and who has endured months of physical therapy and an operation, I can tell you there are solutions for your discomfort.

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