Everything you need to know about Sciatica Pain and best tips to treat it

The best cure for every health condition is to have thorough knowledge about it. Without knowing everything about an ailment, you cannot do much about it. So here we are with a condition we call as Sciatica Pain, and everything about it so you know how to cure it.

What is sciatica?

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Some people misunderstand sciatica pain and mix it up with a back pain, which is wrong. It is different from a back pain; leg pain that results from a pinching nerve in the lower back. The pinched nerve is the sciatic nerves that come out of the spinal column down through the back of hip joint to the buttock and then down from the back of the leg to the foot.

Symptoms of Sciatica Pain

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People think of it as any other back pain because usually the pain starts in the nerve roots that are located on the either side of the lower spine. The pain is usually felt in one leg and that is intolerable. A shooting pain feels like an electric shock, or a burning sensation. Some people feel pain along with numbness in some part of the same leg. People describe it as a pain that starts from one side of the lower spine, goes down to buttock, and down to the leg. Some describe it as a hip pain and foot pain, which is hard to bear.

Sciatica Causes

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As you know by now that irritation of the sciatic nerve is the reason behind excruciating sciatica pain and now it is time, you learn the causes that lead to the irritation in the nerve. The most common cause is a slipped disc, and there are some others as well. The narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is a scientific term for the condition is another reason. The other reasons include lifestyle habits such as not exercising on a regular basis, wearing high heels, sleeping on a very soft mattress, obesity and pregnancy.

Effective cures for Sciatica Pain

  • Yoga

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Gentle yoga forms work wonders treating sciatica pain. Yoga can strengthen muscles, make them flexible and teach people suffering from it the importance of ideal posture. However, they should avoid postures that demand one to push their muscles a bit, as that could aggravate the pain.

  • Devil’s Claw


An herbal medication that is renowned for subsiding sciatica pain. It has anti-inflammatory properties that work like ibuprofen and other drugs to cure inflammation in the nerve, eventually curing the pain. Check with your physician regarding your physical condition before starting intake of this supplement.

  • Acupuncture

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To go by the beliefs of the acupuncture practitioners, there is an energy force in human body called Qi or Chi. Chi is blocked owing to a number of reasons and we fall ill. Acupuncture brings back Chi to balance, thus curing ailments. The practice is about piercing fine needles into the points called meridians in human body.

  • Acupressure


Acupressure is yet another treatment for sciatica pain, which is a safe and a gentle therapy if compared to acupuncture. It is about putting pressure upon the points with fingers, thumbs and with some devices. Rubbing and pressing those points relieves pain and even prevents it from coming back.

  • Surgery

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You have tried all sorts of first aid and other treatments to cure your sciatica pain. It is not subsiding but is getting worse, so you must seek professional help. You should consult a good neurologist and undergo a surgery if required.

Sciatica pain is a shooting pain that is very hard to bear. One can choose from a number of alternative treatments available or a surgery, all depending upon the severity of the condition.

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