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Sciatica Causes & Symptoms

Most people have experienced back pain at some point in their lives. Thankfully, with a little rest and relaxation, some types of back pain disappear without medical consultation or intervention. However, if you have experienced repeated back pain caused by sciatica, you know the importance of trying to prevent recurrences. One of the best ways to prevent recurring pain is to understand the causes and recognize the symptoms of this condition.

Sciatica Pain Causes and Treatment

Sciatica Pain Causes

First, it is helpful to understand the recognized causes of sciatica. This type of back pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is somehow pinched. Generally this pinching occurs from one of the following conditions:

  • Herniated disc
  • Overgrowth of bone
  • Compression by a tumor (rare)
  • Damage to the spine caused by diabetes or other diseases

These causes may indicate there is nothing you can do to prevent this painful condition. Fortunately, however, you have more control than you think. By exercising regularly, maintaining good posture, and using proper body mechanics, you will help prevent back problems and pain caused by sciatica.

Sciatica Symptoms

Now that you understand the causes of this painful condition, it is important to recognize the symptoms. The most prevalent sign includes a pain that begins in your lower back and radiates to your lower extremities. As with many types of back pain, often a bit of patience, time, and rest will help alleviate the pain. However, if you have any of the following more severe symptoms, be sure to contact your doctor immediately:

  • Difficulty controlling your bladder
  • Difficulty controlling your bowels
  • Muscle weakness
  • Severe pain following a violent injury

For more information on the causes and symptoms of this painful condition, speak to a healthcare professional today. Doing so could mean the difference between living a life of pain and living one that is free of pain. To learn more about sciatica or for information about the back pain treatment options available at Summa Pain Care, call (623)776-8686 today.