Common reasons for developing Sciatica.


Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. Usually sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body.

Some of the reasons for developing Sciatica:


As we get older, our bodies lose suppleness and it takes longer to heal from injuries. One common form of pain associated with aging is back pain, which is closely related to sciatica.


Smoking is bad for the lungs; it can also increase the risk of suffering from back pain and sciatica. Smoking increases inflammation, reduces circulation, and weakens the immune system. Furthermore, it makes it more difficult for your body to function and heal from injuries.

History of Low Back Pain

Studies show that patients who have low back pain are likely to develop sciatica. Because low back pain can result in inflammation in the lumbar region and spine.

Overall Poor Health

Eating healthily and exercising regularly isn’t necessary just for feeling and/or looking good, it can reduce the likelihood of developing sciatic pain and help to reduce inflammation.  Being active reduces the chances of developing back pain.


Being overweight is one of the strongest predictors of back pain and other musculoskeletal problems – including sciatica. Being obese increases the inflammatory markers in the body and sciatic pain is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Therefore, if your body is in an inflammatory state, you are more likely to experience the sciatica problem.

Work-Related Injuries

On-the-job injuries caused from being too sedentary or making repetitive movements can increase the risk of developing sciatic pain. In particular, standing or walking for long periods of time, driving for long periods of time, kneeling for more than 15 minutes at a time. To prevent work-related injury, it is important to take breaks frequently, rest, and stretch your muscles.

Sleep Problems

If one has sleep problems the risk of developing back pain and sciatica is increased. Poor sleep is associated with several conditions, including poor general health, obesity, and chronic back pain. Getting enough sleep reduces inflammation, and thus reduces the incidence of sciatica.

Psychological Distress

Low back pain and Sciatica are linked to feelings of being overwhelmed or being under pressure.

Direct Injury

Sciatica can be caused by an injury to the hip or buttocks. Sitting on a bulk wallet, for instance, would put pressure on the nerve directly.

A Holistic Approach to Recovery

Many factors play a role in the development of sciatica. By taking steps to improve your overall health and mental well-being, you can reduce the inflammation in your body and, as a result, safeguard sciatica. Lifestyle changes, diet, yoga and stress reduction helps a lot to reduce the pain in Sciatica.