Sciatica, aka lumbosacral radicular syndrome, occurs due to irritation in sciatic nerve that begins in the lumbar or lower spine and ends in the thigh region. A person with sciatica may experience pain in buttocks as well in thigh. The pain can range from deep, dull to shooting and sharp. However, with right treatment you can get rid of the pain.
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Lumbar spine problems such as a bulging or herniated disc are majorly responsible for causing sciatic pain. It can also be caused by bone changes such as spinal narrowing or stenosis, osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease, or spondylolisthesis. All the aforementioned situations can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing symptoms and pain.
Although sciatica due to herniated disc during pregnancy is not common but sciatic like symptoms are common with lower back pain during pregnancy. Infact, between 50-80 percent of women complain of back pain during their pregnancies.
Other causes of sciatica during pregnancy include muscle tension, unstable joints, pelvic bone pain and sacroiliac (SI) joint problems.
The piriformis muscle is deep in the buttocks. When tight, it can irritate the sciatic nerve. However you can relieve tightness in the muscle by stretching. This can help decrease sciatic pain.
Table stretch will make you feel relaxed as it helps stretch the muscles of the back, buttocks and the back of the legs.
This popular yoga pose helps relieve sciatic-like pain during pregnancy. With a few small changes, it can be practiced comfortably while pregnant.
The hip flexors are the muscles along the front of the hip that help move the leg forward during movements like walking. Many women have tight hip flexors during pregnancy. This can affect pelvic alignment and posture, causing pain.
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