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Information And Treatment

Sciatica occurs when excess pressure is placed on, or damage is done to, the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower spine down the back of each leg. Pain associated with sciatica can range from a mild or dull ache to a tingling or burning sensation.

Because sciatica is not a medical condition itself but the result of one, in order to treat the condition, one must first identify the root cause. Possible sources of sciatica are slipped disc, piriformis syndrome and pelvic injury. While heat therapy and over the counter pain relievers can provide temporary relief, complementary and alternative medical treatments are commonly sought to reduce sciatic nerve pain as well. Through physical therapy, for example, sciatica sufferers can learn how to reduce pressure on the nerve. Stretching and strengthening exercises are often suggested for the muscles of the back, abdomen and legs.