Did you know that the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body? It runs from your lower back, through your glutes, and down the back of each leg. No wonder it causes so many long lingering problems.
This long nerve controls many of the muscles and sensations in your legs. Sciatica refers to the pain you feel along this nerve. It can be described as shooting pain, tingling, burning, numbness, or weakness that travels from your lower back down the back of your leg. If you have had issues with your sciatic nerve you will know what I am talking about.
Sciatica pain isn't a disorder, but rather a symptom of a larger problem, usually a bulging or herniated vertebral disk. This is the most common cause of sciatica nerve pain, but other spinal issues such as a tumor (yikes!) or injury could also be the cause.
A condition called Piriformis syndrome, can also cause sciatica. This is when the piriformis muscle tightens spasms, putting pressure on the nerve creating pain. Active women like runners and serious walkers, and people who sit for long periods of time are especially likely to develop this condition.
How can you treat sciatica? To find out read more