Nerve Pain Leg

Burning Limbs-Nerve Pain in Your Legs

Have you ever felt a permanent, burning pain that radiates from your lower hip running down to your foot?
Is it just as painful when you sit down or when you are standing up?
You might be suffering from sciatica.

What Is Sciatica

When the Sciatic nerve, the single longest nerve in the body, which originates from the lower lumbar region of your

Lumbar herniated disc

Lumbar section MRI.
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spine and runs through the pelvis, the rear portion of your leg down to your foot is affected.  The Sciatic nerve is mainly responsible for the distributing blood to the back of our lower extremities. one common symptom is Nerve pain in your leg or legs.

Most Common Causes

Herniated disc
Lumbar spinal stenosis
Spondylolisthesis
Trauma
Piriformis Syndrome
Spinal Tumours.

When one suffers from a herniated disc is because there is an inflammation or bulging of the spinal disc which causes it to protrude out of the annulus.

What is the Annulus

The space between the spine where the spinal discs are located. A herniated disk could exert pressure on the nearby nerve root causing a direct compression on sensitive nerve tissues, including the sciatic nerve

Foramina

Through openings called neural foramina, The spinal nerve branches out of the spinal canal to the entire body. When these passages are congested or narrowed, it causes nerve compression. If the blockage happens on these passageways, they’re considered foraminal stenosis.
It may cause sciatica if it occurs on the opening where the sciatic nerve passes.

Other Factors Causing Sciatica

TENS

TENS Unit

It may also cause sciatica when a vertebral disc slips from its normal place and applies pressure to the spinal nerve adjacent to it, usually occurring on the lumbar or the lower portion of the spine. Direct trauma that causes bone fractures such as vehicular accidents, horseback riding accidents, sports injuries may all lead to sciatica as bone fragments may occasionally be the cause of the nerve compression.
When the piriformis muscle spasms and compresses the sciatic nerve, the piriformis syndrome occurs.

Lastly, spinal tumours are abnormal growths on the spine that can either be malignant or benign.

In Cases of bone fragments, spinal tumour, and severe cases of slipped or herniated disc causing sciatica, of course, surgery would be required as treatment. Chiropractic therapy may range from ice/cold therapy, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), to spine adjustment or manipulation.

Acupuncture For Sciatica

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that originated from China. Fine Needles are inserted into your skin at strategic points in the body to release negative energy and restore health and well-being. It is highly recommended as a treatment for generic lumbar pain, even for mild sciatica, as it supposedly releases the tension of the spastic muscles and relieves the pressure on the compressed nerve.

If You have been experiencing sharp, burning pain in your lower extremities; it is best that you consult your physician at once. You might be experiencing sciatica.

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Lisa

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