Types Of Sciatica Pain – Understand The Different Kinds of Sciatic Nerve Pain

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Sciatica Pain

The sciatica nerve forms the longest bundle of nerve roots in the body. These roots, when they come out from the spine are very sensitive, especially because the inner part of the disc comprises of proteins that are inflammatory. This clearly means that any herniation of the disc can easily cause inflammation inside the body. The pain that results from this condition is called sciatica pain.

Sciatica pain left leg

Types of sciatica pain

Health experts have determined that there are various symptoms of sciatica, although the severity and type of the condition largely depends on its cause. The sufferer’s experience of the pain also plays an important role here.

Leg pain usually affects sciatica patients, and the symptoms of the most common leg pain from this condition are:

•    The pain occurs in only one leg, not in both
•    The pain starts from the buttock and travels down to the back of the thigh, gradually radiating to the lower leg, and even in the foot in some cases
•    The pain experienced by the sufferer is acute instead of a dull or throbbing ache.
•    The patient finds it very difficult to sit or stand idly, and will feel better when walking or simply lying down

In addition to these, a sciatica patient may experience other issues. Some other symptoms that a sufferer of sciatica pain may feel are pressure, tingling sensation or numbness that travels down the leg. It is also not uncommon for patients to experience leg or feet weakness.

As mentioned above, sciatic nerve root endings are very sensitive, and the slightest irritation in the nerves triggers the pain. This, however, tends to get better with time and non-surgical treatment. Sciatica exercises are very helpful in these cases. Nevertheless, severe instances of sciatica will only worsen with time if left unattended, and it is essential that the patient be treated immediately to avoid further problems. Severe instances of sciatica may also suggest some kind of potential internal injury, such as:

•    A bladder or bowel incontinence may indicate a serious condition
•    Loss of sensation in either legs also suggests possible injury
•    Numbness also suggests a damaged nerve, and this demands immediate medical attention. Additionally, if the nerve is compressed and the symptoms are severe than usual, this also calls for immediate surgical treatment.

Additional types of sciatica pain

In the most common terms, sciatica pain is most often used to refer to any type of pain that affects the leg. However, there is a clear difference between sciatica pain and any other leg pain.

•    When the pain in the leg results from the pinching or compression of the sciatic nerve, and the cause of the pain originates from the nerve, this is known as sciatic nerve pain.
•    When the pain radiates from a joint, this is technically not classified as sciatica pain, and is a wrong use of the term.

Interestingly, pain that radiates from joints and other areas (other than the sciatic nerve) is more common than the real sciatica pain, and is largely confused as sciatica nerve pain.

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One Comment on “Types Of Sciatica Pain – Understand The Different Kinds of Sciatic Nerve Pain”

  • Jerome Rosen wrote on 2 August, 2013, 0:28

    I’m 75 years old and I’ve had severe sciatica (I think piriformis-related) for years – chronic but not constant (some days are worse than others). I’ve had epidurals (no lasting help), done physical therapy, been to chiropractors, etc.

    I’ve read about NUCCA chiropractors who do adjustments to the Atlas bone if the individual is ‘out of alignment.’ Apparently if the Atlas bone is ‘in alignment’ the body has a better chance of healing itself. Would greatly appreciate your feedback on this.

    Thank you.

    P.S. Thoroughly enjoyed your video. I live in near Los Angeles, California so the commute would be a bit much…

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