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9 Factors Contributing Sciatica

9 Factors Contributing Sciatica

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For Sciatica related informationCheck this here by visiting: http://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 mentionedhttp://www.sciaticasecret.com/what-is-the-treatment-for-sciatica/  ==== ====What is sciatica? Sciatica is one of the most difficult conditions for medical practitioners, eventhose experienced in treating back pain and sciatica patients, to identify and treat. Sciatica oftenpresents itself as a tingling and/or numbness, not unlike the feeling one may experience with apulled hamstring muscle, the biceps femoris at the back of the leg. The sensation may be dull,almost an ache, with periods of tingling and/or numbness occurring during certain activities. Thetingling and/or numbness experienced, if not treated, may develop into a full-blown chronicallyacute phase with pain shooting across the buttocks and radiating down the leg. Sciatica may affectone or both legs, usually one, beginning as a pain radiating from some point in the lower back, thelumbar spine, then across the gluteal muscles (the buttocks), and finally down the back of the leg.In advanced cases, sciatica reaches all the way into the feet and toes, causing discomfort and aneventual loss of feeling. Interestingly, sciatica is not a specific condition, it is simply a catch-all medical term applied to aconstellation of symptoms in order to describe a state the back pain sufferer is in. In this case,sciatica is used to describe a patient's complaint of pain radiating across the buttocks, down theleg, and into the feet and toes...along with the associated tingling and/or numbness. Sciatica maybe caused by a number of conditions, from stress and trauma at a specific location on the spine,the lower back or lumbar curvature, to a more generalized condition such as obesity or pregnancy.There are a number of other conditions associated with sciatica, all requiring varying degrees ofmedical intervention and treatment. Some of the conditions likely to present with sciatica are: 1.Osteomyelitis: An infection of the bone or bone marrow. Osteomyelitis may be debilitating and inextreme cases may even cause death. It is difficult to diagnose and may go undetected for a longtime unless appropriate blood tests are ordered and the medical practitioner is well trained ininfectious diseases affecting the bones. 2.Tumors on or near the spine: Tumors, particularly tumors or abnormal growth (e.g., scar tissue)affecting the nerves or nerve roots as they exit the spinal canal and intervertebral foramen, willsciatic nerve pain or sciatica. 3.Degenerative Disc Disease: Once again, degenerative disc disease is not a disease any morethan sciatic nerve pain, called sciatica, is a specific condition. Degenerative disc disease is abreakdown of the IVDs, the intervertebral discs, and is usually a consequence of aging combinedwith the any or all of the 5 principal factors affecting the spine as we age. oExcess weight and/or obesity oMuscle weakness
 oMuscle Imbalance oInadequate nutrition and diet oInadequate hydration or dehydration 4.Herniated (i.e., ruptured) or bulging disc: This condition may be particularly problematic if theherniated disc or bulging disc is protruding posteriorly (to the back) and into the spinal canal, orimpinging on the nerve root at the intervertebral foramen, thus placing pressure on the spineand/or nerve root; and, sciatica is the result in many instances. 5.Piriformis syndrome: We will cover the piriformis syndrome and how it relates to sciatica in depthin a subsequent video and article. Recent research has demonstrated that this little-knownsyndrome, at least in the lay community, may be a factor in as many as eight out of ten sciaticacases. The piriformis muscle works particularly hard in runners and others who are physicallyactive, often resulting in RMI or repetitive motion injury. 6.Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the spinal canal and/or intervertebral foramen. In fact, anynarrowing of a structure can be defined broadly as a stenosis. The stenosis, the narrowing affectsand/or obstructs the pathway for nerves, thus exacerbating pain...in this case creating the sciaticnerve pain associated with sciatica. 7.Spondylolysis: In layman's terms, it is a stress fracture at the back of the vertebra, the vertebralbody (the front part) breaks away from the back part of the vertebra (everything else). Inosteological terms, the break occurs at the pars interarticularis of the vertebra, usually at the fifthlumbar vertebra, the last vertebra before the lumbar spine articulates with the sacrum or tailbone.This is usually associated with spondylolisthesis, the next contributor to sciatic nerve pain. 8.Spondylolisthesis: Usually associated with spondylolysis in younger back pain and sciaticapatients but may present without spondylolysis in older adults. Spondylolisthesis is the result of ananterior (forward) shift in the vertebra body, in fact the entire vertebra when spondylolysis isabsent, or the vertebral column in relationship to the remainder of the vertebral column below.There are a number of reasons why this condition may occur but in younger patients it is usuallyfound with spondylolysis. We will discuss this condition in depth in a subsequent article and videobut suffice it to say that any change in the overall structure of the spine, particularly at the lumbarcurvature, will create sciatic nerve pain. 9.Trauma: Trauma and stress go hand in hand when it comes to back pain and sciatica. Traumamay be localized, meaning the spine will take the brunt of the stress at a specific location, or itmay be generalized and affect several levels simultaneously. The better equipped we are in termsof muscle strength, muscle balance (or imbalance), and the other factors affecting spine health,the better equipped we will be to handle appropriate levels of stress. The IVDs are remarkablyresilient and very strong but if the discs undergo change as a result of any of the 5 factors listedabove, or the traumatic event is profound enough, damage to the spine may occur; and, sciaticamay be the outcome. In this case, a medical practitioner should always be the first step in any badback treatment strategy. 

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