Every time you complain about leg pain somebody or the other will pop up and say “it must be sciatica”. But every leg pain is not sciatica. The less we know about this lesser known ailment, or symptom actually, more is the confusion. In the article below the author tries to put to bed some of the common myths often associated with sciatica. Team RetyrSmart
Better to know than worry about Sciatica in your golden years
You may know that the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It extends from the lower back to the back of each leg. However, if you think sciatica is a medical condition, you’ve fallen victim to a common myth. Sciatica is not a medical condition but a symptom of an underlying condition such as spinal stenosis, a lumbar herniated disc, or degenerative disc disease.
Below are eight sciatica myths that may make your life miserable.
Myth #1: Sciatica Only Affects Inactive People
Even though sedentary people have a higher risk of sciatica compared to active people, both groups are at risk.
Myth #2: Surgery Is the Only Way to Treat Sciatica
Most cases of sciatica can be treated in just six weeks using nonsurgical methods, but severe and debilitating cases may require surgery to prevent further damage.
Myth #3: You Should Rest if You Have Sciatica
Research shows that staying in bed all day won’t get rid of the agonizing pain. You’re better off staying active and doing exercises that may help reduce sciatica pain.
Myth #4: Leg Pain Means You Have Sciatica
Most people self-diagnose sciatica if they have leg pain and back pain, but realize that pain in your legs and back can be unrelated.Talk to your doctor, if you have chronic leg or back pain to find out the true cause.
Myth #5: If You Have Sciatica, the Pain Will Never Go Away
This myth wasn’t born out of thin air. Many people are frustrated because they’ve undergone numerous different treatment methods without success. However, sciatica is curable. You just need a skilled doctor who can pinpoint the problem and use the right method of treatment.
Myth #6: Medications Are the Best Way to Treat Sciatica
Taking medications may seem like the easiest way to treat sciatica but they’re not very effective. Research shows there’s low-quality evidence the drugs used to treat sciatica are effective..
Myth #7: Nobody Knows What Causes Sciatica
Sciatica occurs when your sciatic nerve is compressed or pinched. The compression can be caused by a herniated disc, narrowing of the spinal canal or bony growth.
Myth #8: Treatment for All Patients is the Same
The treatment method that works for another person may not work for you, even when you share the same symptoms. Your treatment has to be based on your specific symptoms and cause of pain.