Sciatica – Lower Back Pain and Numbness in the Leg

What Is Sciatica?

Do you have lower back pain that is followed by pain and numbness in either, or both, of the legs? This usually means that you are suffering from a pinched nerve in your back. The nerve root that is being affected resides in your lower back which extends to a particular part of leg. Medically, this nerve is referred to as the Sciatic nerve. 8 out of 10 times the pain in your leg, foot or calf is directly associated with your back; even though you may not be experiencing any kind of pains in the back. As a pinched sciatic nerve is the most common cause for this, its symptoms are generally known as sciatica; while medical practitioners refer to it as radiculopathy.

Symptoms Of Sciatica

Whenever a nerve root in the back is being compressed or pressured (by surrounding tissue) it cause pain, numbness and/or weakness in the legs, foot or the calf.

Causes Of Sciatica

  • Herniated disc – The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc (slipped disc in the spine).
  • Obesity – excessive weight puts undue pressure on the back, with the result that the back is always working in overdrive. This is why almost all obese people face back problems.
  • Exertion – using your muscles (exerting) more that the accepted norm.
  • Poor posture – sitting, standing, walking, even sleeping, in a bad posture for longer periods puts undue pressure on the spine.

Treatment For Sciatica

Sciatica usually get better or heals on its own in a few days or week, depending on the severity of the condition. In case of a more severe condition the person should practice pain management techniques, physiotherapy regular exercise and even surgery.

Exercises

A person should focus on the following types of exercises to cure sciatica:

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Stretching
  • Low impact aerobics