550 Newark Ave 304
Jersey City, NJ, 07306

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Jersey City, NJ 07306

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COULD SCIATICA BE THE CAUSE OF YOUR BACK PAIN?

Sciatica is a pain that gravitates down the sciatic nerve, extending from the lower back towards one or both legs. Though typically sciatica only affects one side of the body, it most commonly occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disc, bone spurs on the spine, or narrowing of the spine.

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Pain caused by sciatica can vary greatly depending on the severity of your condition, ranging from a mild ache to a sharp and excruciating burning sensation. It has also been known to feel like a shock or jolt of electricity. While sciatica can go away in time, it is important to see a doctor as there are certain risk factors that can further the pain and discomfort of sciatica. These risks include:

  • Age. Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated discs and bone spurs, are the most common causes of sciatica.
  • Obesity. By increasing the stress on your spine, excess body weight can contribute to the spinal changes that trigger sciatica.
  • Occupation. A job that requires you to twist your back, carry heavy loads or drive a motor vehicle for long periods might play a role in sciatica, but there’s no conclusive evidence of this link.
  • Prolonged sitting. People who sit for prolonged periods or have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica than active people are.
  • Diabetes. This condition, which affects the way your body uses blood sugar, increases your risk of nerve damage.
  • Those most likely to develop sciatica are between the ages of 30 and 50. Women are especially at risk of developing sciatica during pregnancy due to the added pressure on the sciatic nerve from the developing uterus.

To learn more about treatment options for sciatica available at Advanced Rehabilitation of Jersey City, please contact us today!

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