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How to Stop Sciatica

How to Stop Sciatica

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For Sciatica related facts, please visit: http://www.sciaticasecret.com/
For Sciatica related facts, please visit: http://www.sciaticasecret.com/

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 ==== ====If you want more information on what is sciatica and its cure, subscribe to the free email course atno cost at the website mentionedwww.sciaticasecret.com ==== ====The process of aging may have multiple impacts and/or effects on the spine, with myriadsymptoms expressed. Some symptoms of a more severe, underlying condition may include neckpain, back pain, and sciatica nerve pain, also known as sciatica. Some consequences of agingthat lead to pain are degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs. In addition tothese conditions or pathologies, an individual may develop osteophytosis, bony spurs or bridgesfrom one vertebral body to the next, osteoarthritis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and a myriad ofother, often related pathologies. Sciatica is often a consequence of one or more of the above mentioned conditions. The medicalterm for sciatic nerve pain, also known as sciatica, is radiculopathy. Radiculopathy is a term thatmeans, in layman's English, that the disc in between the vertebral bodies is out of position and isirritating the nerve root, the radicular nerve. Sciatica may be experienced at any point along thenerve route. Specifically, sciatica is a symptom or set of symptoms. Sciatic nerve pain is not theultimate diagnosis but rather an expression of the pain itself. In its simplest expression, sciatica ispain that generally radiates across the buttocks and down one or both legs. The reason sciatica isreferred to as a set of symptoms instead of as a diagnosis is because it does not explain theunderlying cause of the pain. In fact, there may be many causes and or many factors that arecontributing to what we commonly referred to as sciatica. Sciatica may range from a slight discomfort in the buttocks or behind the knee to a severe,debilitating, and even disabling and/or crippling level of pain. In most cases, sciatic nerve pain willaffect or impact only one side of the body, pain may be limited to a single region or it may expressitself all the way down the leg and even into the toes. The actual sciatic nerve pain or sciatica mayrange from mild discomfort and tingling to a burning sensation that worsens upon sitting.Weakness, loss of feeling, and even loss of function may be a consequence of sciatica. Becausethe condition is a symptom and not the ultimate diagnosis, if it should last more than 48 to 72hours, a medical practitioner should be consulted. Degenerative disc disease is but one cause of sciatic nerve pain or sciatica. However, it is one ofthe most common, if not the most common, of the many causes of not only sciatica but also backpain and neck pain. Degenerative disc disease is one of the most misunderstood of all spinalpathologies. Because it is termed "degenerative" people often assume that there is a progression,ultimately worsening with age. In fact, the opposite seems to be true, the degeneration of theintervertebral discs (IVDs) is a natural consequence of aging. Pain associated with degenerativedisc disease, like sciatica itself, ranges in its expression from mild to severe. Degenerative discdisease is, in fact, completely mislabeled, for it is neither degenerative in the sense that it is arelentless, ongoing pathology, nor is it a disease in the sense that it is an illness. It is not! Finally, ifdiagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you are not doomed to a progression ultimately leading
to disability but, rather, it is within your power to deal effectively with the symptoms of low backpain and sciatica. Spinal stenosis or simply stenosis generally refers to a narrowing of the nerve canal through whicha nerve or bundle of nerves pass through. So, if you picture a small hole, one that over timebecomes narrower and narrower, eventually becoming so restrictive that the nerve becomespinched and pain ensues, you have a basic idea, a picture, of what stenosis is. There are manycauses for stenosis, some having to do with bone deposition due to stress, others withinflammation, still others with a complex of factors. Ultimately, they all lead to the same set ofsymptoms, neck pain, back pain, and/or sciatica. Stenosis may be the most difficult condition,pathology, to deal with and may ultimately require surgery to reopen the passage so the nerve canpass through unrestricted. However, there are alternative treatments strategies available for thoseunwilling or unable to undergo surgery. Herniated discs often cause severe, even debilitating neck pain, back pain, and sciatica. Thecondition is most common in white males 35 to 40 years old, and older. The IVDs most affectedare those of the secondary curvatures of the spine, the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back)areas or curvatures. However, other sectors of the population and the other curvatures of thespine can be and are affected as well. Picture a jelly doughnut, that's right, a jelly doughnut! Theintervertebral disk or IVD is very much like a jelly doughnut. The IVD is made up of circular rings ofcartilage surrounding a fluid center. When a disc herniates or ruptures, the fluid center bulges outfrom the center placing pressure on the nerve root. The pressure on the nerve root causes neckpain, back pain, and/or sciatica, varying from mild to debilitating. Once again, as with spinalstenosis, the prognosis depends on the severity of the herniation or rupture, and degree ofdamage or possibility of damage to the surrounding area. A herniated disc, putting pressure on thenerve root, depending on the level affected, may express itself in myriad ways. In all cases inwhich pain presents itself for more than 48 to 72 hours, a medical practitioner should be consulted. Age-progressive phenomena such as osteoarthritis, osteophytosis, and others will be discussedmore completely in a subsequent article. However, many age-progressive phenomena are aconsequence of a complex of issues related to aging, combined with muscle atrophy, due to asedentary lifestyle, and our body's attempt to strengthen the primary and secondary curvatures ofthe spine. Because we stand erect, our secondary curvatures, those of the cervical and lumbarregions of the spine come under tremendous stress and pressure, particularly as we age andmuscles weaken. The complex of weakening muscles, aging, and other factors leads to anadaptive response by the body, particularly by the spine, to strengthen an area under stress.Osteophyte bridges, also known as bone spurs or bony bridges, occur as an adaptive response tothe weakening of muscles responsible for supporting the curvatures of the spine, particularly thesecondary curvatures. Ultimately, this condition is avoidable, through a program of exercise andstretching to maintain those muscles, avoiding excess stress and pressure in the IVD and thevertebrae themselves. Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and even osteophytosis may beeffectively dealt with by adding an individualized and intelligently maintained exercise andstretching program to your daily routine. Because there are so many factors involved in any paincomplex, particularly when expressed as neck pain, back pain, and/or sciatica, when unsure weshould always defer to our medical practitioner. A pain reduction strategy that includes exercise,stretching, ice-compression braces, the proper shoes, orthotics for those times when soft-soled

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