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Sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve and it's branches. Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg.
Sciatica is a symptom not a disorder. The pain associated with sciatica signals another problem involving the nerve, the most common being a herniated disc. Another common cause of sciatica is called periformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle extends from the side of the sacrum to the top of the thighbones at the hip joint and passes over the sciatic nerve. When a tight or short piriformis muscle is stretched it can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve. This can happen to athletes who overuse and stretch the piriformis. Other causes of piriformis syndrome are habitually standing with toes turned out, over use without proper warm up, prolonged sitting and obesity. It can also be caused by an injury or in many cases it develops from general wear and tear on ...
Resources www.niams.nih.gov -- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases www.aaos.org -- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons www.arthritis.org -- Arthritis Foundation www.spine.org -- North American Spine Society www.apta.org -- American Physical Therapy Association www.ampainsoc.org -- American Pain Society www.theacpa.org -- American Chronic Pain Association www.iasp-pain.org -- International Association for the Study of Pain
Spinal disc degeneration is not a disease. In other words, disc degeneratio n is not an abnormality in the normal human body. By itself, disc degeneration does not cause pain. Disc degeneration is the natural aging process that causes normal changes in the spinal discs.
Donald was sitting in the cold, sterile exam room. He comes here every year for his annual check-up with his doctor. But, this time he has a question on his mind. What is disc degeneration? His mother, who has had low back pain for a number of years, was told that her lumbar discs have degenerated. Because her pain has become so debilitating, she now uses a walker to get around. Being afraid of his future, Donald wants to learn about disc degeneration. He does not want the same fate as his mother's fate.
Even though it is inevitable, people worry about disc degeneration. All of the parts in the human body change as they age. Skin degeneration is the most visible sign of aging. Wrinkles, cracks, fissures, and lo...
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