Sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica is a very unpleasant and painful health condition. It affects the lower back area and the spine, usually following an injury. Sometimes it can be caused by an irritation of the spine root, or by certain diseases or inflammations, such as spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis or lumbar herniated disc.


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Sciatic pain is usually felt in the butt area, spreading towards the upper thigh. In some rare cases, it can even spread to the feet. It affects the fleshy parts of the body, with a tingling sensation coming from the nerves of the spinal cord. If you apply pressure on the aching area, the pain can only get worse. Also, coughing, sneezing, and doing regular daily activities can flare-up the sciatic pain.

Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica rarely affects people before their 20ties. It’s most likely to develop in middle age, from 40 to 50. About 43 percent of the world population suffers from this health condition.

The medical treatment of sciatic nerve includes pain relievers, limited physical activity and rest, in order to avoid unnecessary stress on the lower back and spinal area. This reduces the pain, but it’s not with a long term effect. Very often, in about 87 percent of the affected people, sciatica heals spontaneously, within three months.

Asking for medical opinion about sciatica is advisable, in order to determine the best possible way of treatment, and to check whether there’s a threat of developing more serious health conditions.

When Is Sciatica Considered Serious

Usually, sciatica is self-treated, with the use of pain medicines and exercises, but some severe pain and dysfunctions may require a surgical intervention. The sciatica symptoms that require immediate medical intervention, and sometimes even surgery are bladder or bowel dysfunctions; spinal infections; spinal tumors; and progressive neurological symptoms, manifested though leg weakness.

How To Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain At Home

Stretching exercises can be of great help when suffering from sciatic nerve pain. They relieve the pain and speed up the recovery process. Watch the following video for more details.