A common question among patients suffering from sciatica is “how do you get sciatica”? Sciatic nerve pain causes range from a herniated disc to a spinal cysts or tumor. Basically, anything that develops in the lower back close enough to the sciatic nerve that is can come in contact with it can cause sciatic nerve pain. A herniated disc in the lumbar back will usually cause sciatic nerve pain. In some cases, your doctor may not be able to find the specific sciatica cause of your sciatica without further investigation through medical images such as a CT scan or MRI.
Aging and the general wear and tear of our discs, in combination with sudden pressure, tend to be the most common causes behind conditions that lead to sciatica. Because of degenerative changes that begin to occur in people between 30 and 50 years of age, they are more likely to experience sciatica pain than people in other age groups.
There are no specific techniques for sciatica prevention. Because sciatica causes are related to so many other spinal conditions, to prevent sciatica it would be best to take good care of your overall health and maintain good habits that pertain to your back and neck. A healthy lifestyle, good posture, and proper body mechanics are good ways to keep your back and spinal structures strong. More tips on general spinal health care can be found in our back pain prevention area.