Sciatica pain

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Sciatica pain extends along the path of the sciatic nerve and its branches, which run over the buttocks and down the outside of the leg to the toes. The nerve is one of the largest in the body and supplies sensation to the legs, buttocks, hips, and back. The pain can be constant or intermittent and can take many forms, sometimes changing in character during the day. The first step in treatment is to determine whether or not there’s a serious medical cause, such as a herniated disk, a tumor, or sacroiliac joint derangement. Diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and others can also result in sciatica pain. It also can be caused by stress or lifestyle choices, such as wearing high-heeled shoes or sitting in an uncomfortable seat at your desk or car. Non-medicinal treatments– including compresses, massages, hydrotherapy, heat, ice, and pressure– are recommended for pain relief, in addition to the treatment you’re receiving if the sciatica accompanies a disease. Sometimes physical therapy is also helpful, as are relaxation techniques, if stress is the trigger. Biofeedback, acupuncture, and yoga have also been successful in treating sciatica pain without drugs.

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