Treatment Options to Relieve Your Sciatica Pain

Woman with back pain.If you are having trouble performing basic physical functions because of a sharp pain radiating from your lower back, through the buttock, and down your lower leg, you may be suffering from sciatica. Many people confuse sciatica with back pain. Sciatica is differentiated from back pain because it is the term given to the discomfort felt when the nerve itself is irritated. It is estimated that up to 40 percent of the American population will experience sciatica in their lifetime.

Sciatica Nerve Described

The sciatica nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body. It controls several muscles making up the lower legs and provides lower leg and foot sensation. Sciatica is a symptom of another condition affecting the nerve itself. When there is a problem along the sciatica nerve pathway, pain occurs.

Sciatica pain is usually due to a compressed nerve in the lower spine. Anything irritating this nerve will result in pain – from mild annoyance to severely debilitating. Sciatica nerve pain can be so excruciating that you can’t get up from the couch.

Sciatica Symptoms

A shooting pain at any point along the nerve is the main symptom of sciatica. Pain ranges in severity and is typically aggravated when you sit for long periods of time.

Common symptoms include pain:

  • Originating at the lower back
  • Passing through the buttock
  • Running down the back of either leg
  • Numbing of leg
  • Tingling sensation in feet and toes – pins and needles feeling

Common Causes of Sciatica

  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Spinal stenosis – narrowing of the spine due to bone spur
  • Traumatic pelvic injury
  • Nerve damage due to diabetes
  • Tumor

Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is diagnosed through physical examination and imaging tests. Several treatment measures can be taken to relieve sciatica, however, Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) may be your best option should these fail to relieve you from your excruciating pain.

Treatment measures include:

  • Rest with ice packs
  • Physical therapy
  • OTC pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatory corticosteroid injections
  • Regular exercise regimen

Don’t Let Sciatica Pain Keep You on the Couch

You don’t have to live with the pain you are experiencing from impingement to your sciatic nerve. Discover the treatment you need for pain relief by contacting Dr. Jason C. Tinley at his Fort Worth, Texas, practice today to schedule a consultation and learn more about Minimally Invasive Surgery.

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