Sciatica pain is relatively common, and it can be caused by injury, irritation, or pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve running from the lower back to the buttocks and down the back of the legs to each foot. This nerve is responsible for controlling the muscles in the back of the legs and it provides sensation to various parts of the legs.
Sciatica is not technically a medical condition itself, instead, it is a set of symptoms related to an underlying cause or medical condition. Common conditions associated with sciatica pain include:
- Lumbar Herniated Disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Piriformis Syndrome
- SI Joint Dysfunction
These condition often cause irritation to the sciatic nerve, thus resulting in sciatica pain. In addition, Sciatica can be a result of pinched nerves brought about through injury or trauma.
Signs & Symptoms
Injury to the sciatic nerve can affect the legs causing inflammation, discomfort, burning or tingling sensations, weakness or numbness or even shooting pains that make it difficult to stand. However, symptoms often vary widely from person to person. Some may only experience a dull, aching pain; some may experience burning sensations; and others may experience pain so severe it completely immobilizes them. It is possible (and not uncommon) to experience discomfort in one area of the leg, while simultaneously experiencing numbness in another area. Typically, however, sciatica symptoms are only felt on one side of the body.
Other complaints associated with sciatica include lower back pain, pain in the buttocks and difficulty moving or controlling the affected leg. Symptoms may worsen following extended periods of sitting, standing or walking.
Sciatica Pain Treatment
In order to properly treat sciatica, your doctor should first diagnose and treat the condition which is causing your pain. Fortunately, sciatica often improves with time and symptoms will diminish. Our doctors can recommend and prescribe an appropriate pain medication to relieve your pain as you heal. However, not all cases improve with time. If your symptoms do not improve, we offer epidural steroid injections to reduce and treat the pain caused by sciatica. We may also recommend a physical therapy routine to help you heal properly.
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