It is caused by the rupturing or bulging of a disk, often due to straining past your physical limits. If an aggravated disk makes contact with the sciatic nerve, pain is experienced from the buttocks down into the legs. Sciatica happens most commonly in people between the ages of 30-50, and can be diagnosed by a physical exam, an MRI and a CT scan.
What to do
Heat and ice; either can relieve back pain so it’s simply a matter of what is available and preference. Alternating the two also works well. Heating and/or icing the affected area every 2 hours for 20 minutes can make a world of difference. In addition, doctors may recommend anti-inflammatory pain relievers as well as with frequent stretching. Loosening up the joints and building up strength is not only good for immediate relaxation, it has positive long-term effects on your back. In more serious cases, the doctor may prescribe steroid injections or suggest surgery to remove a portion of a herniated disk.
Though back pain can range from being a nuisance to debilitating, there are many ways to treat the symptoms in order to lead a more comfortable life. Certainly, home remedies and improving your lifestyle are crucial to the healing process. However, consulting a physician and learning what exactly needs to be done for your specific case is invaluable.
WebMD: Slideshow: A visual guide to lower back pain. Accessed from: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-low-back-pain-overview
Accessed July 15, 2015.
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