The Sciatic Nerve can deliver more that impulses!
If you have ever had Sciatica then you know how painful it can be. This nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body. It is also known as the ischiatic nerve.
The nerve starts in the lower back, runs through the buttocks and then down the lower leg and to the foot. In addition to affecting the muscles it also supplies nerves to the skin in these areas.
The pain can be felt in various parts of the leg and foot, the buttock and in the lower back. The pain is not necessarily in the same spot where the problem is occurring. For example, a problem with vertebrae in the lower back may be causing pain in the leg. Typically, the pain is usually felt on only one side of the body. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be muscular weakness, numbness, and possibly difficulty in controlling and moving the leg. When the nerve is compressed or irritated by a problem in the lower back it is known as Sciatica.
Sciatica is usually caused by spinal disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. However, sciatica may be caused by something as simple as muscle spasms due to trauma or prolonged compression of a muscle. For insistence sitting on a wallet in the pocket of your pants for hours every day could cause self-inflicted sciatica.
Some women experience sciatica during the latter months for pregnancy due to pressure of the fetus on nerves in the lower back.
Here is a few sciatica home treatment suggestions.