Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sciatica Symptoms, Treatment, and the End of Pain

If you are suffering from sciatica symptoms and want to learn how to treat your pain and get rid of sciatica for good, then keep reading. In this article I will discuss the common sciatica symptoms, treatment options, and most importantly, I will tell you the secret to lasting sciatic pain relief.

Common sciatica symptoms
Most sciatica symptoms happen in the lower back, buttocks, and thighs. Sometimes they radiate all the way down the legs to the feet.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

Pain or cramping in the buttocks or thighs?
Tingling, pins and needles sensation, or numbness in the buttocks?
Burning pain, sharp pain, or shooting pain?

These are all classic symptoms of sciatica. For some people, these symptoms make it difficult to walk, stand, sit, and they certainly get in the way of a happy, comfortable life.

Treating The Pain
There are many ways to treat the pain. Your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and hot/cold therapy. Some people try massage, acupuncture, yoga, and pilates.

For most people however, the most effective sciatica treatment involves some for of physical therapy. This is because your physical therapist can strengthen and rehabilitate the surrounding muscles that are causing the problem.

Treating The Underlying Causes
For most sciatica symptoms, treatment options focus only on the pain. This is true for most of the treatment options listed above. But the big problem is that even if the pain goes away, it doesn't mean that you've done anything for the underlying problem. If you haven't fixed the underlying problem, then the sciatica symptoms often and usually do return.

So what is the underlying cause of sciatica? Your doctor will talk about herniated disks, spinal stenosis, muscle impingements, etc, but those are all the immediate triggers of sciatica. A better question to ask is what created those conditions in the first place. If you understand that, then you can understand why the sciatica most likely will return. You need to identify and correct those underlying imbalances.

It used to be that you had to go through an expensive series of physical therapy sessions in order to find and correct these muscle imbalances related to your sciatica. However, now there is a new comprehensive approach that teaches you how to do this on your own, in the comfort of your home.

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