Don’t be like Adele: Preventing Sciatica

This may be the only instance in which singer Adele is just like us. The 34 year old superstar announced she suffers from sciatica. She opened up to the audience during her Vegas residency show at the Colosseum on New Year’s Eve.

Fans may have noticed her struggling on stage. Adele explained her difficulty in walking by revealing her diagnosis.

Sciatica is a very common nerve pain. It originates in the sciatic nerve which extends from the from the lower back, through the hips and down each leg.

According to the Mayo Clinic, sciatica most often occurs when a herniated disk or an overgrowth of bone puts pressure on part of the nerve. It causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg. 

In the past, Adele shared very personal experiences with health conditions, including ones that included debilitating pain. In a 2021 interview, she described a series of spinal injuries that impacted her discs. One of resulted from a sneeze! Adele says it caused damage to her L6 disc. 

Sciatica pain can be felt almost anywhere along the nerve pathway. It’s especially likely to follow a path from the low back to the buttock and the back of a thigh and calf. Some people will experience numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation.

Mild cases may come and go and tend to get better unless aggravated again. More severe cases, including ones that impact bowel or bladder control, may require pain injections or even surgery to alleviate pressure on a herniated disc.

A National Health Institutes report finds that as many as 40% of us have experienced sciatic, making it a common cause of musculoskeletal pain. 

The singer says she has battled this and other pain issues since she was 15 years old. These chronic issues eventually led her to jumpstart a fitness regimen. The result was an astounding weight loss in recent years which totally transformed her body.

Even making healthy changes wasn’t enough to prevent sciatica. Adele may have felt pressured to open up about the condition after she was seen waddling as she crossed the Vegas stage, clearly in pain.

She says it often flare up as a result of bad posture. In this way, you don’t want to be like Adele.

The Mayo Clinic says obesity, prolonged sitting and diabetes are contributing factors. Regular exercise, especially working the core, using a proper chair and good posture can help prevent sciatica. For Adele and the rest of us.

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