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Sciatic Nerve Pain Conditions

May 31, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Health and Fitness

Back Pain will affect to 80% of ALL Americans at some point in their lives. If you are one of the many individuals who suffer from chronic back pain, there are many options for treatment based on what your condition might be. One of the most-common conditions that spine specialists see is called ‘Sciatic nerve pain’, or simply ‘sciatica’. Although not a condition itself, sciatica is the symptom of another medical condition.

Spinal Stenosis and Sciatic Nerve Pain Spinal Stenosis is a nerve compression disorder most often affecting the aging population. Lumbar spinal stenosis may cause a pain similar to sciatica and it is usually positional – brought on by activities such as walking or standing for long periods and relieved by laying or sitting down. Passageways called neural foramina comprised of bone and ligaments are in the spinal cord. Between each set of vertebral bodies, located on the left and right sides, is a foramen. Spinal nerve roots pass through these openings and extend outward beyond the spinal column to other parts of the body. When these passageways become narrow or clogged causing nerve compression, foraminal stenosis is the diagnosis and may lead to sciatic nerve pain.

Herniated Discs and Sciatic Nerve Pain A herniated disc occurs when the nucleus breaks through the annulus fibrosus. When a disc herniates, disc material can press against an adjacent nerve root and compress delicate nerve tissue and cause sciatic nerve pain. The consequences of a herniated disc are worse than a contained-disc condition like a bulging disc. Not only does the herniated disc cause direct compression of the nerve root against the interior of the bony spinal canal, but the disc material itself also contains an acidic, chemical irritant that causes nerve inflammation. In both cases, nerve compression and irritation cause inflammation and pain, often leading to Sciatica symptoms such as pain, numbness and weakness in the lower extremities.

Spinal Tumors and Sciatic Nerve Pain Spinal tumors are abnormal growths that are either benign or cancerous. Although rare, when a spinal tumor develops in the lumbar region, there is a risk for sciatic nerve pain to develop as a result of nerve compression.

If you think you have sciatica, call your doctor. The first step toward relieving pain is a proper diagnosis. If you are experiencing Back Pain in Denver, call the Denver area’s leader in Spine-Related conditions and treatment, SpineOne.

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