Your Sciatica Symptom

"What Is It and What Should You Do About It"

Sciatica symptoms can help you to work out many issues about your pain. The common sciatica symptom is pain down the leg, but this is not the only thing to look out for.

Read on to find out what sciatica truly is, how you can work out if you have it by using your symptoms as a guide.

Sciatica can affect the nerves in different ways creating numerous symptom patterns - each classed as a type of lower back pain.

Sciatica can be confusing. Do you need to have pain running down the leg for your lower back pain to be classed as sciatica? What if the pain is in the front of your leg - is this a different complaint?

What Actually Is The Sciatic Nerve?

The sciatic nerve is formed from 5 different nerve roots and then combines to form the nerve. This nerve then runs through the low back to the pelvis where it travels through the Piriformis muscle. It then exits the pelvis to travel down the leg to the foot. The nerve has a few branches down the leg which supply the nerve supply to the various muscles and joints.

The symptoms of sciatica therefore can be wide and varied. The reason is simple.

Most structural problems are not caused by just one issue, the causes of sciatica pain included. In sciatica you will have a combination of joint misalignment, muscle spasm and inflammation. Depending on the location of these, your sciatic pain can change, as should your sciatic nerve treatment.

There is also a variety of pain types that can be attributed to sciatica. Pain can burn or tingle, it may shoot like an electric shock or be a constant dull ache or throb. Pain is usually on one side, but with increased severity, both sides may be involved.

What Is A Common Sciatica Symptom?

The most common symptom is pain.

Most people describe a deep, severe pain that starts low on one side of the back and then shoots down the buttock and the leg with certain movements.

  • The pain is usually worse with both prolonged sitting and standing. Some people describe the worst pain when trying to stand from a low sitting position, such as standing up after sitting on a toilet seat.

  • In most people, the pain is made worse by sneezing, coughing, laughing, or a hard bowel movement. Bending backward can also make the pain worse.

  • You may also notice a weakness in your leg or foot, along with the pain. The weakness may become so bad you can't move your foot.

The big thing to remember is, pain does not relate to severity of the underlying issue. For example - if the Piriformis muscle is in tight spasm, sciatica can be severe. Whereas minor disc changes can create a lesser pain and radiation.

Most people wait until symptoms are severe before they seek help. If any pain is increasing, moving further down the leg, from an injury or if your general health is poor - seek help. Minor problems can become major quickly.

Sciatica symptoms can change, and any sciatic symptom can become worse. Although it is an easily treated condition in most instances, do not leave it too late before you address the causes. Sciatica symptoms can fade quickly and easily if you learn to intervene early.

How Can You Ease Sciatica Symptoms?

The first thing people want to do when sciatica arrives is to ease pain. You can use a few symptom relief techniques but the first thing you should do is find the cause of your sciatica.

This is not how you lift, bend or twist. The causes are the distortion patterns that occur in your spine. These allow the various muscle and joint imbalances to develop and hence sciatica arrives.

The main reason why the healing rates for sciatica are so low is that people try to fix what they don't know. Generic stretches and exercises will only give temporary relief.

You need to know which of the 4 main distortion patterns you have before you try to ease any sciatica symptom.

If not you will only have temporary relief, and when pain comes back again, it is likely to be harder to remove.

Just click the link below to download a FREE eBook teaching you how to find the cause of your sciatica symptom. There are also some techniques to use to help ease your pain simply and quickly.


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