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What are some risk factors that contribute to my sciatica?

by | Nov 30, 2023 | Back Pain Buffalo, Back Physical Therapy, Lower Back Pain, Sciatica Physical Therapy | 0 comments

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Risk factors for sciatica include:

  • Age. Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated discs and bone spurs, are the most common causes of sciatica.
  • Obesity. Being overweight increases stress on the spine.
  • Occupation. A job that requires twisting the back, carrying heavy loads or driving a motor vehicle for long periods might play a role in sciatica.
  • Prolonged sitting. People who sit a lot or don't move much are more likely to develop sciatica than active people are.
  • Diabetes. This condition, which affects the way the body uses blood sugar, increases the risk of nerve damage.
  • Past history of lower back pain/sciatica. 35% of people who have lower back pain also experience sciatica. People who have experienced a significant bout of lower back pain and sciatica have a 90% reoccurrence rate.

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