Sciatica pain occurs often today, and is a confusing subject for those who suffer. This web page will help you understand more about your pain and why it occurs.
Once you know more about your condition you will know what areas to target to get relief from your sciatic pain. Pain relief can be simple once you understand the reasons why it develops, and the first steps to get lasting relief.
So to start …
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica pain is any pain that travels down the back of your leg originating from the lower spine. If you have pain in the front of your leg, then you do not have the condition. This relates to the femoral nerve not the sciatic nerve.
However, the condition doesn’t have to include leg pain, you can just have pain in your lower back and around the buttock region for it to be present.
To understand this, you need to know more about the structures in your lower spine.
There are 5 Lumbar vertebrae, your Sacrum ) which is 5 bones fused to form the wedge shaped bone), your Coccyx (tailbone) and your pelvic bones.
Exiting from each joint is a nerve. The nerves leaving from the 4th Lumbar to the 3rd Sacral joints form the sciatic nerve.
The nerve forms a trunk of nerve that then runs through the pelvis and down your leg. It is the longest and widest nerve in your body.
How Does Sciatic Pain Develop
Pain can occur when any of these elements become irritated.
Sciatica is just a form of lower back pain, it is a collection of symptoms that arise due to irritation of a few of these elements.
You can have a few spinal joints not moving correctly which can trigger your pain. You can have pelvic imbalance, which can do the same.
Also the nerve runs either through or right next to the Piriformis muscle deep in your buttock. If this muscle tightens then pain can also develop.
Add in referral pain from Trigger Points and even digestive issues, stress or fatigue and sciatic pain can develop from a variety of causes. Disc injury, spinal stenosis and even arthritis may attribute to the causes, however, statistics points out that these are less common than the above elements.
Does The Extent Of Pain Relate To Severity
You may believe that if pain travels down to your foot that the condition is more serious or severe.
In fact there is no correlation to the extent of pain and the amount of imbalance causing it.
You can have a few minor trigger points and can get pain down your leg that become worse even with small movement.
Yet you can have a disc prolapse in your lower spine and have no or minimal pain.
In the most severe cases, disc issues may or may not be present. So before you start any program or look at any exercises to help rectify your sciatic pain, you first must identify the cause.
Detecting imbalances in your spine is therefore essential, as this allows you to see which muscles and joints are involved. Detecting your imbalance is a simple skill to learn and one we teach you free of charge, so you know exactly what is causing your pain.
And once you know the cause then it is best to use a simple, effective and proven program to help restore balance.
To get lasting relief you must know how to find the imbalance causing your pain, use simple symptom based techniques for sciatica relief and use sciatica exercises to help with removing the cause.
Sciatica is a complex condition, but still a simple one to fix at home. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get relief that lasts, simply click the link below.