Sciatica: It’s a term you hear a lot when people talk about back pain. But what exactly is sciatica and what causes it? Read on to learn more!
Sciatica is caused by the compression of one or both sciatic nerves where they exit the spinal cord on the right and left sides of the lower back. Normally, the sciatic nerves transmit motor and sensory signals to and from your legs. When compressed or pinched, a sciatic nerve can lead to shooting, burning, searing, or radiating pain in the buttocks and leg, along with other symptoms like numbness, tingling, and weakness. Low back pain and stiffness may also occur.
Generally speaking, any condition that narrows the bony opening surrounding the sciatic nerve root where it exits the spine can cause sciatica. We often see sciatica caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, or lumbar spinal stenosis.
Sciatica can make even the most basic day-to-day activities challenging. Here are a few ways you can prevent it:
Sciatica can get better with professional treatment. We offer a range of services and techniques to address the cause of sciatica and alleviate painful symptoms.
Could your pain and dysfunction be related to sciatica? Ask us what we can do to help you! Call now to request your consultation: (614) 383-6450.