Sciatic Nerve Pain in Knee

How to Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain in Knee

Some people suffer pain or numbness in the leg and most of them are not aware that it’s already a symptom called as "sciatica". It is important to understand that sciatic nerve pain in knee is the pain associated to sciatica, therefore, in order to learn the treatment you must know first its causes, symptoms, and other underlying conditions.

Understanding Sciatic Nerve Pain in Knee and Sciatica

There are cases that you can feel stinging in the leg or sometimes unexplainable numbness that you can’t even move your knee and leg. This unusual pain is referred in the medical world as sciatica. However, sciatica is the pain induced if the sciatic nerve (known as the largest nerve fiber in the body) is inflamed or injured; therefore it is a symptom rather than a medical condition itself. If you understand well the underlying facts about sciatica then it would be easy to learn the treatment for sciatic nerve pain knee.

In general, the sciatic nerve is considered also as the longest nerve system inside the body of which the nerve branches originates from the lumbosacral spine (known as the low back) and stretches down to the buttocks area. Once the sciatic nerve is stressed out or damaged due to too much pressure, a very sharp pain will be felt that will cause sciatica to arise, which is called by health experts as “sciatic nerve pain”.

The back of the knee has sciatic nerves that extend down to the lower leg, and these nerves are essential in providing sensation on the areas where it stretches out. The frequent occurrence of sciatica is based on some possible causes such as:

  • Piriformis syndrome – This is a type of neuromuscular disorder which implicates pain due to aggravation of piriformis muscle to the sciatic nerve in the area of the buttocks.
  • Spinal Disc Herniation (Slipped disc) – A painful medical condition involving the spine which affecting the sciatic nerve roots.
  • Spinal Stenosis – This involves the spinal canal that irritates the sciatic nerve roots as well as the spinal cord.

In addition, pelvic injury, tumor, bad habits (like prolong standing and sitting on wallet), and pregnancy also cause sciatica to develop at no time.

Symptoms and How to Treat Sciatic Nerve Pain in Knee

The most common symptoms of sciatic nerve pain in knee is same as in sciatica which includes burning or strange sensations, numbness of the knee, and impaired reflexes that hinders movement on the affected part. Severe pain on the knee also makes it weak.

In most cases, the pain caused by sciatica diminish on its own, however, there are recommended treatments once the sciatic nerve pain in knee occurs more frequent. Nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus has listed some conservative treatment to relieve the pain:

  • Take medication that acts as pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Application of ice to the affected knee for the initial 2 to 3 days, then apply heat in the next day.
  • Physical therapy exercises.
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