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Causes and Treatments for Sciatica

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Lower back pain is unbearable. Sciatica is a condition that is associated with pain in the lower back. Sciatica is a medical condition where the sciatic nerves are irritated. Medical specialists have to perform a medical scan to ascertain sciatica before recommending treatment. Mountain View Headache and Spine Institute have medical specialists to treat sciatica in Phoenix. Visit the facility to get treated today.

 Here are some of the causes and treatments for sciatica.

Causes of Sciatica

1.      Herniated disks

The disks play a crucial role in cushioning the vertebrae. The disks can cause sciatica when the herniated disk slips out of its position and compresses or pinch the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve may become irritated, causing sciatica. You may start experiencing severe lower back pains due to sciatica caused by the herniated disks.

2.      Trauma

You may experience trauma that may irritate the sciatic nerve. Getting involved in an accident may lead to a traumatic impact that may tear or hit the sciatic nerve through compression by the bones. The sciatic nerves can also be pierced by sharp objects such as a knife. You should visit a sciatica specialist if you experience a trauma that affects your sciatic nerves. Failure to get treatment will lead to lower back pain.

3.      Piriformis syndrome

The piriformis muscle runs from the spine to the bones located on the bones of thighs. The piriformis muscle may tighten and cause sciatica.

4.      Spinal tumor

Tumors that develop in the spine are known as spinal tumors. The spinal tumors grow as time goes by and compresses the sciatic nerve. The sciatic becomes irritated, causing sciatica. The only treatment for such a cause of sciatica is surgery to remove the tumor.

5.      Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the lower spinal canal narrows. The spinal code applies pressure on the sciatic nerve when it narrows. The pressure applied to the sciatic nerve may herniate the sciatic nerves leading to sciatica. The condition requires early treatment because it can be perpetuated by habits such as prolonged sitting.

Treatment for Sciatica

1.      Stretching

Stretching is an excellent way of reducing the compression of the sciatic nerves. Moreover, stretching reduces the pressure applied to the lower back during activities such as walking, standing for long hours, or lifting heavy objects. Taking yoga classes will help you stretch well to treat sciatica. 

2.      Use of ice packs

Putting a cold pack of ice on the area, you feel the pain caused by sciatica will aid in reducing the pain. This treatment method may be temporary, but it offers effective immediate results.

Dr. Ruchir Gupta is a specialist at the facility who provides treatment for sciatica. Sciatica requires you to get early screening to determine the seriousness of the condition before treatment is provided. You will get all the equipment for your diagnosis at the facility. Manage sciatica by booking an appointment with the sciatica specialists today. You are guaranteed a quick recovery once you visit Mountain View Headache and Spine Institute.