WHAT IS SCIATICA?
Sciatica is the symptoms of leg pain that comes from problems in one’s lower back. Degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and lumbar herniated disc are all lower back problems that commonly lead to sciatica. Once problems in the lower back persist and travel down to one’s legs, the problems will then be targeted towards the sciatic nerves which are located in the back of each leg. This can result in pain, numbness, tingling, or a weak feeling. Fortunately, it is rare for sciatica to be in both legs; sciatica normally only resides in one of the two legs. Permanent sciatica and spinal cord involvement are both rare as well. Sciatica can also travel from your lower back into your foot, but sciatica is rarely found in the foot alone.
- Constant pain in one leg or one side of the buttock
- Pain that worsens while sitting
- The tingling or a burning sensation in the leg
- The feeling of weakness, numbness, or stiffness in the leg
- A sharp pain running through your leg, making it difficult to walk or even stand
- Pain that goes from your leg to your foot and possibly even your toes
Although, the effects of sciatica can be excruciatingly painful, sciatica is treatable and curable. The pain of sciatica can be treated by regular exercise, heat/ice packs, nonsurgical medications, or epidural steroid injections. However, if the pain is severe or doesn’t seem to have any healing progress on its own, then one would need to receive a more regulated treatment, and possible surgery. If you are suffering from sciatica pain or think you may have sciatica contact Pegasus pain management immediately and see what treatments are available to you to treat your sciatica pain.