Is Sciatica Inhibiting you from Living your Life to its Fullest?

Is Sciatica Inhibiting you from Living your Life to its Fullest?

Dr.Garima Anandani profile Authored by Dr.Garima Anandani on 5 Oct 2017 - 12:06.


Sciatica is one of the most common reasons for back pain. Let’s go over some frequently asked questions about this condition and take control of back pain.

What is Sciatica?

Quite simply, Sciatica is described as pain radiating along the course of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is one of the longest nerves in our body. It starts from the back and runs down to our feet divided in branches. The area that this nerve covers is big, therefore the chances of getting it injured along its course are excessive. 

Some of the reasons that cause Sciatica include:

  • Carrying heavy objects.
  • Bad postures.
  • Degenerative changes with age.
  • Herniation’s of the discs.
  • Excessive overloading of our spine when the soft tissues (muscle tissue).

Symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Pain in the buttocks, back of the thigh and legs.
  • Mild ache or sharp shooting pain like an electric shock.
  • Burning sensation, pricking pain, tingling or numbness in leg.
  • Occasional muscle weakness of leg or feet.
  • It is most commonly experienced on one side of the body.
  • Pain can be experienced mostly if sitting for longer hours or running.

Before back pain can be treated, it needs to be diagnosed correctly.

A spine function test like Digital Spine Analysis (DSA) can help pinpoint the weak tissue. Advanced spinal rehabilitation & precision treatment in these cases is more effective than standard physiotherapy. This helps in early reversal of symptoms at the base level, hence restoring back the mobility and function. 

Our spine is a very complicated mechanical structure with many moving parts. The four important parts of our spine includes the bones, the discs, the nerves and the soft tissues (muscle tissues). Bones once degenerated cannot be grown again, the discs cannot be put back, the nerves cannot be regenerated but the soft tissue can be rebuilt again at any point in life. These are the supporting structures of our spine which holds everything in alignment and helps to offload the spine of extra stress it bears.

The only solution to your back problem is to rebuild the supporting soft tissues (muscle tissues) around your spine which helps to offload excess stress load on it, thus reducing the pain. If pain persists, please consult a specialized spine physiotherapist.

*Disclaimer This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.