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What Is sciatica?
Sciatica is thus characterized by back pain that radiates down into the legs.
If you suffer from back pain without any pain in your legs, it may be more relevant to you to read about the most typical back pain: non-specific lumbar pain (Lumbago)
Pain radiating to the legs can have many different causes. For example, it may be caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve from the back due to discuss prolapse. Most often, it is caused by pain from muscles, tendons, ligaments/joints or joints in the lumbar, back and/or buttocks.
What can you do?
Many people suffering from sciatica are told that they should abstain from lifting objects and to sit in certain positions. However, this will lock your back into a state of limited function. The same is true for lying in bed or on the couch. It is important not to perceive pain as harmful and not to overprotect the back, but instead to alternate between walking, standing, sitting and lying down.
The optimal treatment is to rehabilitate the back with an eye on the specific functions and activities that you will need to perform in your working life or in your spare time. The best way to achieve this is through training, such as aerobics, which improves stabilization, strength, functioning and oxygen absorption.
If you experience acute pain or if you experience a worsening of your chronic pain, try to find the cause of this pain and reduce the intensity of the exercise or activity that causes it. As your training progresses and your pain levels decrease, it is necessary to gradually increase the intensity of everyday activities to return to your usual activity level. It can often take three to six months to achieve the desired effects of the training. For this reason, it can be a good idea to get help to stay motivated.
Many people are under the impression that training shouldn’t cause pain, but pain from exercising is acceptable if the level of pain isn’t too high and if it abates quickly after performing the exercises. This is similar to how stretching exercises are supposed to concentrate on the muscle areas that are the most painful.
Exercise and training are generally the best-documented forms of treatment. Stay in good shape. Make especially sure that you have strong stomach and back muscles to reduce the risk of relapse.