Have you experienced pain that radiates from your lower back through your hips or legs? You may have sciatica, a nerve condition that can cause a variety of symptoms in the lower extremities. Sciatica is used to describe the symptoms of when the sciatic nerve is compressed or pinched. At Atlanta Spine, we treat those suffering from sciatica with a variety of methods to relieve the symptoms and pain, helping improve their quality of life.
Treatments options for sciatica focus on relieving the pressure that is being exerted on the sciatic. Since this is the largest nerve in the body, the pressure point must be determined. The sciatic nerve starts at the bottom of the spine and courses down through the pelvis and both legs. Usually the pressure is caused where the sciatic nerve leaves the spinal column. Removing the source of pressure can include extracting bone spurs, removing disc material and relieving inflammation. In some cases, physical therapy or injections can resolve the sciatica symptoms, while in more severe cases, surgical methods may be needed.
What Are the Symptoms and Causes of Sciatica?
Degenerative spine disorders are often the cause of sciatica. Bone spurs, herniated discs, bulging discs and other spinal issues that put pressure on the spinal canal and nerves can cause sciatica. Injury to the lower back, hips or upper thigh can also damage the sciatic nerve, as can some medical conditions.
Symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness or burning that can start at the lower back and shoot down through the buttocks, hips, legs and feet. Many times the pain will only be on one side, but it can affect both sides of the body at once. The symptoms can also include weakness in the legs or hips, impacting mobility.
Sciatica can be painful and impact your ability to work and do the activities you love. Contact Atlanta Spinetoday to learn more about our effective treatment options for sciatica.