Do you ever get a leg pain and tingling/numbness that travels from your buttock down the back of your leg? This is a common ailment called radiculopathy, or sciatica. Sciatica affects 40% of the population in their lifetime of people between the ages of 25 and 45.
Sciatica can be caused by lumbar spinal stenosis- the narrowing of the spinal canal, degenerative disc disease- the breakdown of discs, spondylolisthesis- when one vertebra slips forward over another, and pregnancy.
What most people don’t know about sciatica is that pain rarely occurs in both legs. Luckily sciatica is easy to treat. Treatment ranges from hot and cold packs and medicines, to physical therapy and in severe cases, surgery.
When one has sciatica, there are easy preventive ways to lessen your back pain. These include maintaining a healthy weight, not wearing high heels, and making sure you don’t sleep on a mattress that is too soft for your back.
Contrary to popular belief the best remedy for sciatica is not bed rest, but exercising, such as stretching out your hamstrings as well as simple aerobic exercise like walking. To be a part of the 60% of the population who is not affected by sciatica take preventative measures such as losing weight when you get too heavy and taking good care of your back.
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