Back Pain And Sciatica – the crystal clear understanding.

Back pain is a condition which affects every human at least once in his or her lifetime. It is one of the most debilitating conditions in its severe forms. Some of the back pains are acute while others are chronic and also some of them heal by themselves.

But one of the most common types, rather the most popular type of back pain is sciatica.

Sciatica pain is the pain which starts from the back, pass down the buttock, back of the thigh and calf muscles to end up in foot. Sometimes it is associated with tingling and numbness in same pattern. In recent times sciatica and slip disc had become more popular as its incidence had increased. Thus linked together but all sciatica pains are not slip disc pain or back pain and all leg pains are not sciatica.

Sciatica is not a disease but it is one of the symptoms.

Sciatica is a pain arising from the compression of the sciatic nerve the largest nerve of the body. Sciatic nerve arises from the lumbar spine, moves down the buttock in back of the thigh to leg and thus a peculiar pattern of pain arises along its course termed sciatica.

Compression on the sciatic nerve can be due to following reason:

  1. Slip disc –the most common
  2. Lumbar stenosis- narrowing of spinal canal
  3. Lumbar degenerative condition
  4. Spondylolisthesis – slipping of one vertebrae over other
  5. Piriformis syndrome- compression of nerve in piriformis (buttock muscle)
  6. Tumors in and around the nerve
  7. Poor sitting posture
  8. Wrong lifting habits.

Thus it is of utmost importance to find out the cause of sciatica and cure it by removing the compression on sciatic nerve.

Yes, important to mention that all leg pains are not sciatica. Leg pain could also be due to other conditions like vascular disease, muscle strains, joint pains, or different nerve being irritated like femoral nerve.

Thus let it lie in hands of your physiotherapist/doctors to differentiate the pain and to work to remove the cause of compression and sciatica if any.

Thus in nutshell

If you or anyone you know are suffering from sciatica or back pain should stay away from myths, stay calm and get in touch with a qualified and professional physiotherapist for a thorough examination and physiotherapy treatment for the same.

Harsimran physiotherapy clinic is a vaishali based centre providing services to vasundhra, indirapuram and kaushambi area with registered physiotherapists. Our team strives to deliver highest quality of care with a permanent relief making patient painfree forever. For further information contact at our clinic.