The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It begins in your lower back and branches off into your hip, buttock, leg, foot and toes on both the right and left side of your body. Pressure on the sciatic nerve due to a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spur or spinal stenosis causes pain. The pain typically occurs only on one side of your body, and is often worsened by sitting, standing, walking, and bending your back forward or backward. Sciatica symptoms can be affected by coughing, sneezing, laughing or straining. Usually, a herniated or a bulging disc in your low back is to blame for your sciatica symptoms.
In addition to pain, patients report tingling, numbness or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. It is not uncommon for a patient to have pain in one area, and numbness in another area of the path of the sciatic nerve.
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Most Common Causes of Sciatica
The causes of sciatica vary greatly, and each patient experiences symptoms differently. Some patients feel pain into their buttocks, hamstring area, calf, foot or all the way down to their toes. These are the most common causes:
- Herniated Disc
- disc material is no longer intact causing physical and chemical irritation to nearby structures
- Bulging Disc
- disc material is still intact, but the disc is bulging and irritating nearby structures
- Bone Spurs
- extra bone is deposited naturally by your body in an attempt to stabilize your spine
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- narrowing of the spinal canal in your low back
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- breakdown of disc material, worsens over time and is designated by different phases
- a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another vertebra
- your center of gravity shifts day-to-day during the different stages of pregnancy
- Muscle Spasms
- muscles of your back or buttocks can spasm due to stress
Non-Surgical Solutions for Sciatica
The information you provide during your consultation helps us determine if you are a candidate for care in our office. You can expect to have improved movement, decreased leg pain, decreased tingling and numbness into your leg, increased muscle strength and a better quality of life. Rather than simply treating your symptoms, our experts provide a long-term strategy to not only get the relief that you seek right away, but also prevent future spinal decay.
Please bring radiograph and MRI images, as well as reports, from other providers to your appointment for our doctors to review. We see many patients that have failed other treatments such as pain medications, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, massage and cortisone injections
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