Have you heard or used the word sciatica? Many people like to use the word sciatica to describe any type of low back pain.
Actually, sciatic is a very specific diagnosed usually to describe pain caused by compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. Sciatica pain typically feels like a constant burning sensation or a shooting pain starting in the lower back or buttock and radiating down the front or back of the thigh and leg and/or feet. Usually sciatica only affects one side of the body. Common conditions that might cause sciatica include:
- Lumbar disc herniation
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Lumbar degenerative joint disease
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease
- Hip joint dysfunction
Often, a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica, it tends to develop over time. The type of exercises recommended will depend on what’s causing the sciatica. It’s important to work with a specialist who has experience working with people with sciatica. It’s also important to do the exercises exactly as directed.
Remember, sciatica that occurs after an accident or trauma, or if it develops in tandem with other symptoms like fever or loss of appetite, is it important for you to seek medical attention immediately.