Facts about Sciatica and Associated Back & Leg Pain
Pain management is a major consideration for people dealing sciatica. “Sciatica” refers to pain that runs from the lower back down the leg of one leg, often into the foot and toes. It is caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve caused by a compression.
Some people suffering from sciatica also can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, usually on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain depends on the location of the nerve compression.
In some instances the pain can be very mild, while in others it can be severe and debilitating. Although most people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen over time or persist for much longer. It all depends on the underlying cause.
Sciatica and Nerve Damage
Although it is rare, in some instances, sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage. But, the irritation of the nerve that causes the sciatica pain usually is reversible. Symptoms of a more serious medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.
Where the Sciatic Nerve is Located and why it can cause pain in the back and legs:
Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They extend from the lower back all the way down to the toes. These nerves exit the spin between two vertebrae in the lower back. They then travel behind the hip joint down the buttock and along the back of each leg into the foot.
“Sciatica” is caused by the irritation of one or both of these nerves. Typically, a herniated disc applies pressure on the sciatic nerve root. Often, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain which makes them mistakenly think that the sciatica is caused by some sort of problem within the leg. Other causes of sciatica can include: spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury. (More information.)
Sciatica Treatment Options
At the Disc & Spine Center, we treat sciatica with a gentle, non-surgical advanced spinal decompression treatment, also known as IDD Therapy®. By gently decompressing the involved spinal discs, pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can go away. Learn about IDD Therapy® Treatment.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from sciatica, CONTACT US TODAY for your free consultation. Our medical professionals can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your sciatica and other pain and spinal issues.