What You Have to Know about Sciatica

July 2, 2017

What is sciatica do you suppose? Sciatica happens when you have pain, tingling, or numbness that is going down the leg from the lower back and may go down the back, outside, or front of the leg. This pain is produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve.

ICD which stands for International Classification of Diseases is the global health information standard that is used in clinical care research to define diseases. The tenth revision of ICD that is used now is the tenth revision before the eleventh one that will be released in 2018. ICD-10 sciatica diagnosis code is M54.3. The ICD-10 sciatica serves symptoms, external causes and many others.

Knowing only the definition of sciatica is not enough, you must know also about the causes. Alike what you read above, sciatica is caused by a bulging in the spine pressing against the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. It also can be caused by pregnancy or tumor in rare cases. It also can be a symptom of bone spurs, arthritis, pinched nerve and else that affect the spine.

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Symptom that a person with sciatica will experience is same as what you read above. That is pain that begins in your back or buttock and moves down your leg and may also move into your foot.  The symptom will be worse if you sitting or standing for a long time and movements that cause the spine to flex. The activity such as walking, lying down and movements that extend the spine may relieve symptom. Sciatica can be treated by medicines and exercises to relieve pain. You can also relieve pain by:

  • Avoiding sitting as good as you can.
  • Alternating lying down with short walks. Increase your walking distance.
  • Using a heating pad on a low or medium setting. Use it for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 or 3 hours. Trying a warm shower in place of one session with heating pad.

You can do some simple ways as prevention of sciatica. The ways include:

  • Exercise regularly in order to keep your back strong. You can also ask your doctor to recommend specific activities to do.
  • Maintain proper posture every time you sit. You have to choose a seat with good lower back support.
  • Then, use good body mechanics. For example, if you stand for long periods, rest one foot on a stool or small box from time to time.
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