Sciatica Pain and Yoga
Low back pain and/or leg pain that usually travels down the large sciatic nerve, from the lower back down the back of each leg, is generally referred to as sciatica.
The most common cause of sciatica is a “slipped disc”.
The discs (or inter-vertebral discs) are the cushions which separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae). Normally doctor refer to a slipped disc as a prolapsed intervertebral disc (PID) or a herniated nucleus pulposus.
Sciatica occurs most frequently in people between 30 and 50 years of age. In general a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica, but rather it may develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine. The vast majority of people who experience sciatica get better with time (usually a few weeks or months) and find pain relief with non-surgical treatments.
Usually, sciatica only affects one side of the lower body, and the pain often radiates from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also radiate to the foot or toes.
One or more of the following sensations may occur as a result of sciatica:
Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
Burning or tingling down the leg
Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
A constant pain on one side of the rear
A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Low back pain may be present along with the leg pain, but
usually the low back pain is less severe than the leg pain
Yoga Posture such as Pashcimottanasana sitting forward bend should be avoided in case if you are having Sciatica pain.
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