Health Tips - Sciatic Nerve Symptoms in Lower Limb

 
Sciatic Nerve Symptoms in Lower Limb

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that begins in the lower back and runs through the buttock and down the lower limb. It is the longest and widest single nerve in the human body. It affects the hips, and all the muscles and nerves of the lower limb.

Sciatic pain or “sciatica” is a set of symptoms usually caused by compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerves in the low back area. These 5 nerves join to become the large sciatic nerve. The pain can be felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there can be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Often the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body.

Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve. Sciatica should be managed based on the symptoms occurring. There are four key statistics that should be kept and worked with:

  1. The degree of numbness is important. The more numbness, the worse the condition. Any feeling, even pain, is better than numbness, where nerves are concerned.
  2. The intensity of the pain will indicate how well the condition is improving or not. Severe pain that gets milder over time is good.
  3. The percent of hours in the day that you have symptoms will also indicate whether the condition is getting better or not.
  4. How low the symptoms travel down the limb tells how serious the condition is. Down to the toes is worse than pain extending only to the knees or buttocks. If the pain starts to move up the limb towards the lower back, this is a good sign that something is healing in the lower back.

Do the activities or therapies that make the symptoms move up the limb toward the low back and avoid the activities or therapies that move the symptoms lower down the limb. Keep improving the above 4 statistics and there could come a day that all the symptoms are only in the lower back. Keep paying attention to what causes the ups and downs of these statistics and the low back can heal up as well!

Read the health tip section called Manage Your Health for more information.

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