Sciatica occurs when there is pressure on or damage to the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts in the lower back and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg. It also provides sensation to the back of the thigh, the outer and back part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot.

Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Slipped or herniated disk
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Piriformis syndrome (a pain disorder involving the narrow muscle in the buttocks)
  • Pelvic injury or fracture
  • Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis

Men between 30 and 50 years of age are more likely to have sciatica.

Sciatica pain can vary widely. It may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache, or burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to make a person unable to move.

The pain most often occurs on one side. Some people have sharp pain in one part of the leg or hip and numbness in other parts. The pain or numbness may also be felt on the back of the calf or on the sole of the foot. The affected leg may feel weak. Sometimes, your foot gets caught on the ground when walking.

The pain may start slowly. It may get worse:

  • After standing or sitting
  • During certain times of the day, such as at night
  • When sneezing, coughing, or laughing, especially if caused by a herniated disk
  • When bending backward or walking more than a few yards or meters, especially if caused by spinal stenosis
  • When straining or holding your breath, such as during a bowel movement 

There are things that you can do to lower your risk of arthritis developing and causing painful symptoms, such as:

  • Remain active.
    The more sedentary people are, the more likely they will have issues with arthritis pain. Strenuous physical activity isn't necessary. Simple exercises, like walking, help keep your joints healthy and you mobile.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
    Carrying extra weight is hard on the joints in your back. Aim for a healthy body weight to keep your joints happy.
  • Don't use tobacco.
    People may understand that smoking affects lung health, but it also speeds up cartilage loss in joints and aggravates back pain. Don't start smoking, and if you do smoke, quit.

We have a variety of Homeopathic Medicine to treat Sciatica depending on the symptoms of the patients

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