Lower Back Pain and Sciatica

Lower Back Pain and Sciatica

Most people will suffer from some form of Lower Back Pain in their life, and many will experience the symptoms of Sciatica as well.

Sciatica is a condition where pain is not only evident in the back but is also referred into areas of the buttocks, thigh, and lower leg. Lower Back Pain alone is often caused by tight, inflamed or spasmed muscles, and is usually associated with joint stiffness and inflammation. Sciatica can be produced from the same structures but can also be a result of disc bulge, disc herniation, degeneration of the spine, masses on the spine and pelvic misalignment.

 

A common cause of Lower Back Pain and Sciatica is poor muscular flexibility due to repetitive sedentary lifestyle. Many hours spent at a desk or behind a steering wheel lead to joints and muscles becoming chronically restricted. Usually, a simple task like brushing your teeth or picking up a sock can set-off back pain because the muscles and joints are too stiff to move in the forward-bending direction. A person with poor lower back flexibility (particularly bending forward) is at greater risk of serious pain and possible Sciatica when undertaking more strenuous activity like gardening, running, tennis etc.

Practitioner examining patient's back

 

As our days are predominantly spent sitting and standing, the lower back becomes straighter and if left untreated will become more and more difficult to bend forward. Not only is back pain likely to occur but more strain is placed on the buttocks and hamstrings (back of thighs) when bending.

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