Sciatica is a term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that travel down the low back via the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sciatica (sometimes known as radiculopathy) is a description of symptoms, not a diagnosis. A herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and spondylolisthesis can all cause sciatica.

Acute sciatica pain may be relieved using an ice pack. Alternately, a heat pack can help improve blood flow and supply oxygen to the sore tissues, promoting healing.
Diagnosing sciatica includes a physical examination, evaluation of medical history, and conducting certain clinical tests. Sometimes, medical imaging tests and diagnostic injections may be performed.

Essential techniques to help relieve sciatica pain, as well as prevent future episodes of pain include using correct posture and staying active in moderation.

Treatment of sciatica pain, low back pain and leg pain from piriformis syndrome, using stretching, exercise, physical therapy, ice and heat.

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