Lumbar Spine Disorders Known for Sciatic Nerve Compression
What is Sciatic Nerve Pain?
Sciatic nerve pain is caused when the sciatic nerve is pinched or compressed. The pain will originate in the lower back or buttocks and run down the length of the leg. Here are the most common causes of sciatic nerve compression, which leads to sciatic pain.
The most common cause of sciatic nerve compression and pain is a herniated disc which is most likely to impact the lower back or neck. Herniated discs can happen from injury, trauma, or overuse. When this occurs, the disc’s cushion moves out and pushes directly on a nerve.
Over time via the aging process, the discs and cushioning between them start to break down. Depending on your lifestyle and medical history, the speed of this process varies. A degenerative disc occurs before a disc slippage. In other words, a degenerative disc leads to a herniated disc.
Lumbar Spine Stenosis
In your spine, there is a hollow route where nerve roots run through. Normally, this canal has plenty of room for nerves but when the passageway narrows, it can place pressure on the nerve roots leading to sciatic nerve pain.
Isthmic Spondylolisthesis occurs when there is a stress fracture to the vertebra, specifically at L5, the fifth lumbar. When this happens, it may trigger a disc space collapse. The result is direct pressure on the nerve, leading to sciatic pain.