Risk Factors For Sciatica

by Administrator 14. July 2015 13:06

Sciatic nerve extends from the lower end of the spinal cord to the back of the thigh. It divides above the knee joint and is the largest single nerve in the human body. Sciatica is the condition marked by pain, numbness and a sensation of weakness running down, through the sciatic nerve. It is one of the most common conditions caused due to compression of the spinal nerves in the lower back. The symptoms experienced during Sciatica may differ in individuals depending upon where the pressure is exerted on the sciatic nerve.

Some of the risk factors that may affect the onset and the intensity of the symptoms of Sciatica are:

  • Age: Intervertebral disks begin weakening and growing thinner with increasing age. They lose moisture and shrink, thus increasing the risk of Sciatica.
  • Weight: Overweight people have higher chances of suffering from Sciatica because of excessive pressure exerted on the spine.
  • Gender: Women tend to lose bone density at the time of menopause, which affects the sciatic nerve.
  • Occupation: Heavy lifting, bending for prolonged duration, driving for long periods, etc. can stress the sciatic nerve.
  • Inactiveness: Extended periods of sitting can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and lead to irritation. As a result, people with jobs that involve constant sitting are at a higher risk of Sciatica than those with active routines.
  • Stressful activities: Certain activities like twisting the back or bending, which may put pressure on the back, may create pressure on the sciatic nerve and lead to Sciatica.
  • Pregnancy: The abdominal organs shift during pregnancy, building up pressure on the spine and the sciatic nerve.
  • Walking and running: People who walk and run regularly can develop Sciatica due to the constant contraction of the muscle in the hip. This muscle contraction can lead to irritation in the sciatic nerve, causing pain and weakness.
  • Diabetes: This condition affects the use of blood sugar by the body, which increases nerve damage and leads to the development of Sciatica.
  • Other conditions: Certain health conditions such as Degenerative Arthritis, Lumbar Disc Disease, Stress Fractures, Hyperlordosis, Juvenile Chronic Arthropathy etc. can also expose one to the risk of Sciatica, by causing irritation in the sciatic nerve.

The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide complete diagnosis and treatment for Sciatica. To schedule an appointment with the doctor, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502 or visit 5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034

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