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Sciatica

INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO

Overview

Sciatica is a pain that falls along the lines of the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches off from your lower back to your hips, buttocks, and legs. Typically, it only affects one side of your body. The only time one may experience sciatica is when a herniated disc occurs, a bone spur on the spine, or when the narrowing of the spine compresses part of the nerve. These three things cause inflammation, pain, and sometimes numbness in the leg. Sciatica often times isn’t severe. It usually goes away within a few weeks. For the people who may experience it for a long time to where the pain is severe, channeling leg weakness or bowel and bladder changes, then surgery may be required.


Symptoms

If you have ever felt a pain that fell down your lower back to your buttock and your legs then you may have sciatica. It is normal to feel discomfort along the lines of that area while this pain is going on. The types of pains can vary widely. They can be mild and not harsh, or they can be sharp and severe. It can be a burning sensation or it can be excruciating pain. Something such as prolonged sitting, coughing, or sneezing can activate the symptoms.


Risk Factors

There are also risk factors for sciatica. These are as follows:

  • Age. Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated disks and bone spurs, are the most common causes of sciatica.
  • Obesity. By increasing the stress on your spine, excess body weight can contribute to the spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
  • Occupation. A job that requires you to twist your back, carry heavy loads or drive a motor vehicle for long periods might play a role in sciatica, but there’s no conclusive evidence of this link.
  • Prolonged sitting. People who sit for prolonged periods or have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica than active people are.
  • Diabetes. This condition, which affects the way your body uses blood sugar, increases your risk of nerve damage.

Prevention

There are things you can do to prevent sciatica. The first one is exercise daily. This should be done anyway because it promotes good health. For sciatica it helps keep your back strong and your core muscles intact. The muscles in your back and your abdomen are essential for excellent posture. Good posture prevents sciatica. Choose a seat that has a good lower back support, armrests, and swivel base. Last but not least, use good body mechanics. If you have a tendency to stand for a long period of time, find things to rest your foot on to preserve your legs and energy. When doing heavy lifting, let your lower extremities do the work and have good posture so that not only will you not activate the sciatica symptoms, but you won’t pull anything either. Prevention is the best remedy!


When to See a Personal Injury Lawyer

Sometimes sciatica is caused by the fault of another party in the event of a car accident or a slip and fall. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer. At Murphy Law Firm our team of personal injury attorneys fights for maximum compensation for all of our clients, and we won’t settle for less. We understand how difficult life can be after an accident that leaves you injured. Don’t be a victim twice! Get a personal injury lawyer to fight for you!

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