Sciatica can cause very severe pain in the legs. While everyone will experience a different level of pain and varying symptoms, people that suffer from Sciatica often feel numbness, weakness or pain that travels from the legs all the way up to the lower back.
Some users will feel this pain sporadically, while others will feel it constantly to the point where normal activities are nearly impossible.
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Finding the right resources to fully understand and manage Sciatica can be a challenging task. There is a lot of misinformation, and many unreliable sources can lead you down the wrong path of recovery. We have compiled a list of 6 terrific resources that will allow you to manage your pain and eliminate your symptoms permanently.
1. Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic provides one of the best Sciatica resources online. Not only will you start with the very basics, but you will come away with a full understanding of this horrible condition. Within the site, you will find:
- The definition
- Prevention techniques
One of the things we like about this site is that it covers everything. You will learn why you are feeling pain, what tests can be done to diagnose the problem, causes and finally ways to put an end to Sciatica. There is even a section on prevention so that people who are more likely to develop this condition can take preventative measures to ensure that the condition is kept at bay.
Getting right into the heart of the problem, Spine-Health provides you with an easy overview of Sciatica, the pain you will feel, and more importantly, why it happens. One of the great things about the overview is that you will read, at great length, the symptoms and why the pain starts in the L3 segment of the back.
Once users read through the overview, they will have a complete grasp of their condition and walk away with a full understanding of what is exactly occurring.
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The overview flows right into the symptoms section and is followed by the causes of the condition. From here, the information goes through treatment and surgery options (only for a very small percentage of sufferers), doctor advice, videos and finally the forum.
The forum is a great addition simply because there is a wealth of information posted by sufferers just like you. Here, you will be able to become a member and talk to others in the same position as you.
The least intensive resource listed so far, WebMD provides a basic look into this condition, discusses the symptoms you will face and lists the causes. This is by no means a full explanation of how to manage the pain as the title of the page suggests, but it is a great starting point for anyone that has pain they think may be linked to Sciatica.
The most information-rich portion of this article is the actual additional common causes section. Within this section, you will find 4 main causes of the pain you are suffering from with two very in-depth links to follow for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Spondylolisthesis.
At the bottom of the page, you will also have a find of links related to general back pain and ways to alleviate pain in general.
MedicineNet provides a more user-friendly method of explaining Sciatica and does so with a nice navigation, friendly pictures and 8 slides that are easy to follow. Anyone that doesn’t want to read a novel and wants to get right to the point will find this resource to be priceless.
Users will notice at the top left of the article picture there is a Table of Contents. This is a good starting place for anyone that has a bit of knowledge in the subject already. The contents include the following:
- Risk factors and symptoms
- Treatment options
The real power behind this resource is the fact that they provide amazing pictures that explain what is occurring to your body perfectly. The extended treatment options portion is also invaluable. It provides statistics and explanations of all the recommended treatment options along with a lot of studies showing the outcome of certain treatments.
Cleveland Clinic is ideal for anyone that wants a clear cut, to-the-point resource that talks about everything from a clear definition to causes and being diagnosed.
The treatment section is a great resource for anyone that wants to medically treat Sciatica and does not want to pursue alternative measures. This portion covers everything from medications that may be used to physical therapy, injections and surgical options. The best course of action will be to go to the doctor first and to discuss the treatment that is best suited for your current pain level.
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The article also goes into complications and attempts to answer the difficult question of “Can Sciatica be prevented?”
A small section on sufferer outlook is also available and will give some insight on what you can expect in the future.
SpineUniverse covers the condition completely from start to finish. You will understand what pains you will feel and when you will feel them. This is a great benefit for anyone that is currently not diagnosed and is trying to determine the root cause of their pain. Readers will find out why the pain is occurring and will have a very in-depth look at the sciatic nerve itself.
Once you read through the main section, you will be directed to further sections that include:
Common disorders are discussed in great lengths under the symptoms portion as well as the top 6 causes. The video section is where this resource truly shines as the videos will cover a lot of exercises that can help with the pain you are feeling.
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Real doctors are included within the videos, and there is even a full series that explains everything you need to know about this painful condition. Treatment options and surgery are also discussed within the videos.