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Shooting Pain and Difficulty Standing – Could It Be Sciatica?

If you’re experiencing shooting pain in your hip, leg, or buttocks that make it difficult for you to stand up, it could be an indication of a condition called sciatica. The pain can be debilitating, but fortunately, there are treatments available to help.

Sciatica Pain Symptoms – Shooting Pains that Make Standing Difficult

If you try to stand up and experience a shooting pain in your leg, hip, or buttocks, the problem could be with your sciatic nerve. This type of pain can be debilitating, and may even prevent you from enjoying everyday activities. Fortunately, it is treatable. You need to see a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment recommendations so that you can get on with pain-free living again.

Shooting Pain That Makes it Difficult to Stand Up as a Symptom of Sciatica

In addition to experiencing pain that makes it difficult to stand up, do you also feel pain in one leg or buttock that’s worse when you’re sitting down? Do you feel a burning or tingling sensation in one leg? Do you have a weakness or numbness in one leg? Find it difficult to move your foot?

Any or all of these symptoms could mean that you have sciatica. Usually, it only affects one side of your body, but that affect can be significant and in some cases, excrutiating. You may find that the symptoms affect every part of your lower body, from your lower back all the way down to your toes.

So, what causes sciatica?  This condition occurs when the roots in your lumbosacral spine become irritated. This irritation could be the result of degenerative disc disease, which is a breaking down of the discs that cushion your vertebrae. It could also be due to a narrowing in your spinal canal, which is referred to as lumbar spinal stenosis. Spondylolisthesis is another possible cause, which is characterized by one of the vertebrae slipping over another one (slipped disc). If you’re a woman, you could even develop sciatica when you’re pregnant, due to pressure on the pelvic cradle.

Whatever the cause, what you want is relief from your pain. Fortunately, sciatica is easily treated. So if you’re having trouble standing up, or experiencing any of the other symptoms discussed, see your doctor. Sciatica often responds to analgesics or muscle relaxants. Sometimes it might even go away on its own. If you think you might have sciatica, talk to a spine health expert who can diagnose the condition and recommend an appropriate course of treatment that can put you back on the road to pain-free living as soon as possible.

At a Glance: Sciatica and Shooting Pain that makes it Difficult to Stand

  • Pain that makes it difficult to stand up could be an indication of sciatica
  • Sciatica pain can be debilitating but a number of treatments are available that can provide relief
  • Sciatica is caused by an irritation of the lumbosacral spine and/or lower lumbar nerves
  • Sciatica is usually very easily treated with medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care or a combination of these methods.

Health Tips For Spine

  • Problems in the sacroiliac joint can be made worse by improper spinal mechanics, so make sure to exercise regularly and keep your back strong
  • When you’re lifting heavy objects, use your legs, not your back
  • Be careful when you’re walking on ice or other slippery surfaces as hard falls to the tailbone can damage the SI joint
  • Carry weight evenly to avoid improper spinal alignment that can lead to SI joint

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