Pregnancy and sciatica - take care while treating


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Pregnancy is one of the major causes behind pain in the lower back in women, which is similar to sciatica. Sciatica is primarily caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve due to any one or more reasons behind the compression.

Typically, sciatica is the compression of the sciatic nerve roots in the lower spine. A condition known as pseudo sciatica causes similar debilitating pain when the peripheral sections of the sciatic nerve are compressed.

As it is, pregnancy on its own has nothing to do with sciatica. Pregnancy leads to true-sciatica only in rare cases. It is the changes that occur in a women’s body in late preganancy that may lead to sciatica-like pain. Either of these changes can cause sciatica type pain.

* The uterus presses the sciatic nerve.
* Abdominal and lower muscles become tense and put pressure on the nerve.
* Vertebral compression due to the extra weight of the fetus.
* Postural changes that accompany pregnancy.

Rarely, during pregnancy a spinal disc may be damaged, which too can lead to sciaitca.

Sciatica pain mostly occurs in the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet. Typical sciatic pain can be:

* Pins and needles
* A shooting pain
* Pain that extends from lower back to legs along the buttocks.
* Numbenss in leg or foot.

Whether due to preganancy or otherwise, pseudo sciatica is mostly associated with postural defaults such as:

* Sitting cross legged for long periods.
* Sitting in a chair that does not support the back properly
* Sitting on a wallet

There may be cases of the pregnancy causing tension in the piriformis muscle, which in turn, may pinch the sciatic nerve.

If sciatica is actually diagnosed during pregnancy, sciatic nerve treatment should only be done under the supervision of a specialist qualified to treat pregnancy related sciatic pain. Painkillers have side effects and should not be taken without consulting your gynaecologist. Any recklesness in this respect can cause irreparable damage to the baby you are carrying.

Sciatica alternative remedies play an important role in treating both typical and pseudo sciaitca. Pregnancy is a delicate matter and the primary concern should be of the saftey of the child that is developing within your body.

Even alternative remedies that are generally safe should be taken under medical supervision. Herbs are normally touted as safe but indisciminate use of even the safest herb can be harmful. Exercises, yoga or any other therpay should also be undertakne under constant guidance from a therapist.

Swimming and a very gentle stretching exercise program.are two of the safest measures of getting relief from back pain during pregnancy. In addition, avoid getting too tired, learn to relax yourself, always sit straight or try applying a hot or cold pack to the affected area.

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