Understanding Sciatica: 5 General Risk Factors

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Part 1 of understanding sciatica focused on what sciatica is. Part 2 will focus on risk factors that can contribute to people having sciatica.

Research has shown that there are 5 general risk factors for those who suffer from sciatica. You may have one or more of this risk factors. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to experience symptoms associated with sciatica. The 5 general risk factors are:

Diabetes
Diabetes affects the way that your body utilizes blood sugar. It would seem like that wouldn’t have any relation to sciatica, but the fact is that one of the byproducts of diabetes is nerve damage. This nerve damage can then lend itself to sciatica issues.

Obesity
As your weight increases, that weight can sometimes increase the stress on your spine. If your weight increases enough, that stress on your spine can lead to sciatica issues.

Age
This is not to say that as everyone ages they will develop sciatica. Rather, we mean that as you age, your spine sometimes changes. Some people develop bone spurs. Some people develop herniated disks. Some people have changes in bone density that lead to changes in the spine. Those can all lead to sciatica issues.

Your Job
The job you love may be the job your leg pain loves to hate. If you have a job where you carry heavy loads/weighted items, drive for long periods, or often are in the motion of twisting your back, then you have a job that can lead to sciatica issues.

Sitting for long periods
It’s always good to rest the body. It’s not good to have a sedentary lifestyle or to be in a position where you are sitting for long periods of time without getting up and moving around. Research has shown that people who find themselves in a more sedentary lifestyle lend themselves to more potential sciatica issues.

How do you know if you have sciatica?
Only a consultation with a qualified physician. As always, it's important to note that this is not a substitute for medical advice. If you would like information on this condition or if you want to schedule an appointment to be seen by one of our nationally renowned doctors, please fill out the form on this page.

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