SCIATICA

What is Sciatica?

The word “Sciatica” comes from the name for the sciatic nerve, a long nerve that extends from the hip down behind the buttock and into the legs and feet. Adding pressure to the sciatic nerve interferes with nerve conduction and causes the radiating pain known as Sciatica. 

Sciatica usually occurs between the ages of 30 to 50, and most likely occurs as the result of a separate condition:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spondylolisthesis 
  • Arthritis 
  • Pregnancy.

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Weakness and numbness in the leg and foot, Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens with sitting, hip and lower back pain, and a burning or tingling sensation that runs down the leg. Sciatica typically only affects one side of the body, starting in the lower back and traveling down one leg into the calf or toes. Pain tends to increase when coughing, sitting, and sneezing. In severe cases, patients may start to lose muscle strength. If this occurs, patients should call a Spinal Specialist immediately to rule out a more severe condition.  In most cases, Sciatica resolves with non-surgical treatment while only sometimes requiring surgery.  Regardless, patients should seek treatment immediately if they experience Sciatica symptoms, as nerves may end up sustaining permanent damage if compressed for an extended time.