Sciatic Nerve Pain – Cause & Relief
I have often heard people talk about a pain that is in the back of their thigh and runs down the back of the leg. This can sometimes be Sciatic nerve pain.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a term used to describe radiating pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve, running from your lower spine through the buttock and down the back of the leg. It flares when the sciatic nerve is irritated or pinched by any of a range of problems in your lower back.
Stretch to relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain
To help with relief from Sciatic Nerve Pain – Dr. Steve has a really simple stretch that may just help you in your day.
This Stretch is called the Pirformis Stretch for low back pain and Sciatica.
The tightness in these muscles often happens from extended sitting or even bouncing on a tractor seat or a bumpy ride in a big truck.
The Picture is Dr. Steve and the Position he is sitting in is how you will begin this stretch.
While you do this stretch be sure and keep a nice flat back. No arching your back as this will not do any good for your sitting area, where your pain is. Put just a little pressure on the knee with your hand on the same side.
You will immediately feel the stretch on the side where the leg is crossed. It also stretches the muscle in the back part of your hip. That being loosened helps you sit down with less pain as well. Once this muscle is loosened you will better be able to “stick your tail out” when you sit – thus allowing you to sit more comfortably.
As opposed to dropping into a chair – this tends to slam your joints together and it can do damage to your joints every time you sit in a chair or get in and out of a car.
Slowly shift forward with NO movement from your back. Make sure all the movement is coming from the hips. Take a couple of breaths while you hold it. As you exhale try to drift a little further forward.
You will feel a nice stretch – this can relieve a lot of hip pain, low back pain and sometimes it even relaxes some knee pain.
Location of the Sciatic Nerve
There are a series of nerve roots that exit from your lower spine. When any of these nerve roots on either side of your lower spine becomes irritated or pinched, pain may radiate from the nerve root to the sciatic nerve. The pain may travel down the sciatic nerve – through the buttock and down the back of the leg and into your foot and/or toes. It typically occurs only on one side of the body.
Description of Sciatic Nerve Pain
The pain is unique – often described as a shooting, searing pain that is felt deep in the buttock and radiates down the back of the leg. Numbness, tingling, or burning may also be felt along the nerve. Some people describe the nerve pain as electric-like. Conversely, sciatica symptoms may be experienced as more of a constant, dull pain.
The sciatic nerve originates from the lumbar spine at levels L2 down to L5 and from the first sacral segment. This nerve, generally the size of your little finger, carries nerve impulses that go to and come from the lower leg and foot.
I hope this article has been helpful in your day. We appreciate those that have done so much research on this subject and have included our references below.
Until Next time Be Well! Nurse Mary