In some instances, arthritis can cause sciatica. If you have osteoarthritis in your spine, for example, the cartilage in that area degenerates over time. As that happens the sciatic nerve can become irritated.
Is sciatica linked to arthritis?
For older people, arthritis or bone spurs in the spine are typically the culprit. Sciatica pain becomes more common with age. A related condition, piriformis syndrome, occurs when the piriformis muscle in the buttocks spasms and tightens around and irritates the sciatic nerve.
How is sciatica and arthritis treated?
The general principles of sciatica treatment are topical cold compresses or heat (whichever works). Usually in the acute phase of symptoms cold compresses on the affected buttock for ten to 15 minutes, three to four times a day seem to work best.
Can sciatica Be Cured?
Sciatica usually goes away on its own, with or without treatment. A doctor can diagnose the cause of sciatica and may prescribe treatment to speed healing.
How long can sciatica last?
Sciatica usually gets better in 4 to 6 weeks, but it can sometimes last longer.
What should I avoid if I have sciatica?
Avoid foods that contain sunflower oil, corn oil, sesame oil, margarine, and partially hydrogenated oil. Stay away from stressor foods such as caffeine, processed food, soda, refined sugars, and chocolate.
Is sciatic nerve pain permanent?
If the sciatic nerve is damaged, it could result in numbness, tingling and, in more severe cases, weakness in the knees or legs. The longer it is left untreated, the longer it will take for numbness and weakness to go away, and they may become permanent.
How bad can sciatica pain be?
The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one side of your body is affected.
What causes sciatica buttock pain?
When a person injures or overworks the piriformis muscle, it can press on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs down from the lower spine through to the buttocks and the back of the thigh. The pressure of the muscle on the sciatic nerve causes the pain known as sciatica.