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Written by
Arushi Bidhuri
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamNov 06, 2018

Sciatica: The Warning Signs Everyone Should be Aware of

Sciatica: The Warning Signs Everyone Should be Aware of
Quick Bites
  • Sciatica is the pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve
  • The main symptom of sciatica is pain and discomfort
  • The pain is mainly caused due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, etc

Sciatica is the pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, it runs from the lower back through the thigh. It is the pain caused by the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. 

The pain is mainly caused due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, etc. which can cause pain in either both or one leg. It can also cause inflammation, pain and numbness in the affected leg. 

Warning Signs of Sciatica 

Pain 

The main symptom of sciatica is pain and discomfort that starts in the back and the lower back and goes to the hips, then to the back of your leg, sometimes into the foot. The pain is usually felt on one of the legs - it is rare that it will happen on both the sides. 

The pain can worsen when sitting down and standing, with a sudden movement such as coughing.

Weakness in the Leg 

If the sciatic pain is severe then you can feel your legs getting weak. It can be so severe that it can be difficult to walk. 

Burning Sensation in Legs 

When something interferes with your sciatic nerve, then it may feel as if there is a burning sensation in the leg. It can get worse, meaning you may not be able to control your bladder or a complete loss of function, in such a situation, you must consult a doctor immediately. 

Also read: Try these yoga asanas to get rid of sciatica

Other tips to keep in mind

Avoid heavy lifting - Physical activity is important to stay healthy. However, avoid heavy lifting if you suffer from such a condition as heavy lifting can compress the nerves causing mild to severe pain.

Acupuncture - Take frequent acupuncture sessions from a professional as it can help you a lot with the pain. You can also ask the expert to use moxa and herbal remedies along with acupuncture. 

Ice packs - These work wonders with sciatica pain. Apply an ice pack on the lower back near the buttocks and place another ice pack across the front hip area. Place the ice there for around 20 minutes. 

Also Read: Make Physical Activity a Part of Your Life to Stay Healthy and Happy

Heating pads - After you get relief from ice packs, use heating pads. The change in temperature promotes circulation and improves the healing process. Ensure that you apply heating pads after you use the ice pack.

Use a back brace - A back brace will support your back and make it easy for you to do some physical activities. Avoid sitting or standing for long without the back brace as it can compress the injured area even more.

Take a lot of rest - An ample amount of rest and sleep is the best way to treat sciatica pain. Do not sit or stand for a long time and sleep for at least 7 hours a day. 

If you are concerned that you suffer from sciatica pain, then you must consult a professional doctor before jumping to conclusions or opting for any treatment. 

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