SCIATICA-Symptoms and causes:

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually, only one side of your body is affected. Some people also have numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. The pain may be constant or may come and go. Also, the pain is usually more severe in your leg compared to your lower back. You are at greater risk of sciatica if you: 1-Have an injury/previous injury to the lower back or spine 2-Are overweight 3-Aging 4-Lack a strong core 5-Jobs that require heavy lifting may increase your risk. 6-Have diabetes/osteoarthritis 7-Lead an inactive lifestyle

To manage sciatica pain, you may find that certain positions and activities are more comfortable than others. The proper exercises from a Physiotherapist will help reduce sciatica pain. The exercises recommended will depend on what's causing sciatica. It's important to work with a specialist who has experience working with people with sciatica. It's also important to do the exercises exactly as directed. Here are some home treatments for sciatica which you can follow: -Do not bend, lift, or sit in a soft, low chair; the pain will get worse. -Try a cold pack to see if it helps the pain. If you don't have a cold pack, use a large bag of frozen vegetables; it makes a good first aid cold pack. -After the cold massages, try alternating with heat from the hot bag. -You may feel better lying on your back on a firm surface with a pillow under your knees. Another option is lying on the side with a pillow between the knees to keep the back straight. Also, a recliner chair is helpful. -Do activities one is able to tolerate.

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