When a herniated lumbar disc
constricts one of the root portions of the sciatic nerve,
a condition known as sciatica occurs. This is characterized
by pain that starts in the hip and buttock area and travels
down the leg. Lower back pain is also another symptom of sciatica,
a term referring to the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower
back down the buttocks and the leg. Although this disorder
is uncommon, it is often mistakenly attributed to other causes
of back pain, like sports injuries and heavy lifting.
A proper medical diagnosis
may be made when the radicular pain of an inflamed nerve root
in true sciatica can be distinguished from the referred pain
stemming from musculoskeletal injury.
Symptoms of Sciatica
True sciatica is manifested
by pain at the back of the thigh, going beyond the knee to
the lower leg or foot. This pain may be more severe than the
lower back pain that also comes with this syndrome. Moderate
to severe pain is felt starting from the buttocks, travelling
down the leg or foot. Sciatica starts with lower back pain,
followed by leg pain a few days or weeks later. The pain in
the leg then becomes more severe compared to the pain in the
lower back. In some cases, lower back pain will dissipate
With chronic sciatica, the
pain becomes centred in the regions of the buttocks and the
back of the thigh. This indistinctive throbbing does not travel
to the lower leg or foot, although it may have done so previously
in the earlier stages of the disease.
There is no one particular
physical trauma or injury that may cause the development of
sciatica. Pain symptoms are exacerbated by standing, sitting,
lifting heavy objects, sneezing, or moving one’s bowels.
Lying in a prone position may give temporary relief. In some
rare cases, paresthesias, weakness and impaired bowel and
bladder functions may occur.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A physician will have to subject
the patient to a thorough physical examination as well as
an evaluation of the history of symptoms to ascertain the
presence of sciatica. There are nerve root tension tests performed
to test the body’s discomfort level with different kinds
of motions and positions, like moving the legs in a certain
manner to stretch the sciatic nerve. Pain experienced during
these tests may confirm the presence of a compressed sciatic
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While recovery from sciatica
happens on its own accord, pain symptoms can be treated by
recommending a period of rest, limiting certain movements
and taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
Stretching exercises from
physical therapy which can be performed at home can strengthen
the muscles and help in recovery. For patients with severe
symptoms, an MRI scan may be undertaken to ascertain the extent
of the damage caused by a herniated disc, and surgery is recommended,
Surgery is more likely to
be successful for patients who have pain stemming from a progressive
neurological deficit or muscle weakness, compared to patients
who experience pain without muscle instability.
What is the Vulkan
Contoured neoprene back support
for improved comfort - ideal for treatment and prevention
of Sciatica and back pain.
How does it work?
Sciatica caused by irritation
of a nerve root in the lower back can produce excruciating
pain in the buttock, the hamstring, back of the knee, the
calf or the heel. The contoured Vulkan support is made from
neoprene, which provides comfortable support to the lower
back region and improves posture. This can relieve the symptoms
Back problems are often accompanied
by painful back muscle spasms. The neoprene of the Vulkan
Support provides therapeutic heat that can relieve muscle
spasm in the back and relieve back pain. Vulkan premium quality
neoprene provides a fantastic combination of support, compression,
heat retention and comfort. It has a unique spiral lining
which is effective in removing excess perspiration and improving
When can I use it?
To relieve the symptoms of
back pain and Sciatica.
For the relief of posture related back pain.
the vulkan back support