How to Prevent Sciatica

Prevent SciaticaBottom Line: It’s easy to understand how lifting a heavy object at work could injure your back, pinch a nerve and cause sciatica. But, surprisingly, research has shown that too much sitting may be the number one reason for sciatica, not to mention the worst thing for your back. When you spend hours per day sitting down, the muscles in your buttocks and legs become tight and the muscles that support your low back start to deteriorate or atrophy. Without strong stabilizing muscles to support your discs and nerves, it’s no surprise that you are more likely to injure your back if you spend a lot of time sitting.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica CausesBottom Line: Sciatica is pain caused by the irritation or compression of nerves in your low back. This can occur due to age, the stress of gravity on your spine, or injuries to your back. When a nerve is compressed or irritated by a spinal disc, bone spur, or ligament, it can become inflamed and painful. Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column), disc herniations, or degenerative disk disease are other common causes of sciatica.

Smart Solutions for Relief from Sciatica

Sciatica ReliefBottom Line: Few injuries can slow you down faster than a bad back. Irritated or compressed nerves in your low back can cause severe pain into your buttocks and legs. This type of pain results in tens of millions of people searching Dr. Google to find relief. And with television commercials promoting all sorts of ab rollers, electrical stimulators, and other magic gizmos it can be challenging to sort the fact from fiction. So here is a look at the latest research to help you find the most proven, evidence-based, smart healthcare solutions for sciatica.

What You Need to Know About Sciatica

SciaticaBottom Line: Sciatica is leg pain, numbness, or tingling, that originates in your low back. And wow can it hurt! The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It is made up of individual branches (or nerve roots) in your lower back that combine to form the sciatic nerve which then travels down into your leg. Sharp pain which can increase when sitting, and weakness in your leg/foot making it difficult to walk are a few common symptoms that pop up when the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated.

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