What causes Sciatica? Well, a whole host of things… but the single most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. A herniated disc is the number one cause of sciatica because of where the disc is located… and how it is commonly injured.
The purpose of the disc is to act as a cushion between the bones in your spine. Commonly, herniated discs are injured by way of bending, lifting or twisting- which places a bending stress on the spine. This stress places pressure on the front of the disc- causing material inside the disc to move towards the back- putting pressure on the back wall of the disc. In many cases- only the disc is injured… but in some cases- if the disc herniates- then pressure can be placed on the nerves which exit behind the disc.
In most cases- the disc material herniates out the back and to one side… leaving you with pain numbness or tingling down one leg.
Keep in mind, while a herniated disc is the #1 Cause of sciatica- there are many other things that can cause it… be sure to consult with a physical therapist in your town for further direction if you have questions.
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