The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body
The sciatic nerve runs from the pelvis through the hips and buttocks and down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve transmits sensory information from the legs to the spinal cord. It also provides motor control for the lower extremities.
The sciatic nerve is comprised of multiple bundles of nerves that can result in lumbar spine pain, leg and foot pain, numbness, tingling, burning, cramping, and muscle weakness if they become compressed.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
The most common cause of trapped sciatica is growing older. Over time, the different parts of the spine that support the neck and back begin to naturally wear down as a result of years of use.
This degeneration might go unnoticed or may only cause minor aches and pains.
If the deterioration progresses to the point that the sciatic nerve becomes constricted or irritated, sciatica symptoms can develop.
Degenerative spine conditions
Some of the most common degenerative spine conditions that can lead to trapped sciatic nerve include the following:
– Degenerative disc disease
– Facet disease
– Spinal stenosis
Also, any factor that puts additional strain on the spine can increase the rate of spinal deterioration.
Factors related to a trapped sciatic nerve
In addition to aging and spine conditions, the following factors can also accelerate the development of trapped sciatic nerve :
– Participating in high-impact sports.
– Performing work that requires frequent bending, twisting or lifting.
– Abusing alcohol and/or tobacco.
– Being obese.
– Lower back and leg pain.
– Numbness and tingling in the feet.
– Muscle weakness.
– Pain in the back or radicular to the buttock, into the leg and extending down behind the knee, to the foot.
– Impairment of normal reflexes in the lower extremity.
– Muscle spasm and changes in posture in response to the injury.
– Loss of motion like the inability to bend backward, move sideways to the effected side, or stand erect for extended periods of time.
– Muscle weakness may occur on any muscle that is innervated by the trapped sciatic nerve.
– Numbness or paraesthesia (tingling) may be experienced from the low back to the foot depending on the distribution of the sciatic nerve.
These all symptoms can be successfully treated with conservative (noninvasive) methods (treatment) if not subsided then go for surgical treatment.
Here are some treatment techniques that can ease the pain from a trapped sciatica.
Avoid any activity that produces the pain or makes it worse (bending, lifting, twisting, turning or bending backwards).
Apply ice to help reduce pain and associated muscle spasm. Apply ice right away and then at intervals for about 20 minutes at a time. Do not apply directly to the skin use a wet cloth to cover ice pack.
– Knee rocking exercises (the rhythm of knees rocking should be like rocking a baby in a lap).
– Spinal rolling (firm surface in supine lying , gentle rolling).
– Sciatic nerve stretch (along with hip to chest & hamstring stretch)
– Ant exercise regiment designed specifically to address the cause of the symptoms associated with the trapped nerve and improve joint mobility, spinal alignment, posture, and range of motion.
– A lumbar support may be necessary to reduce stress on the nerves, facet joints, muscles.
– Physical therapy to reduce inflammation, restore joint function, improve motion, and help the return of full function.
– Round foam rolling and therapeutic messages can also be significantly helpful.
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