Sciatica refers to pain along the pathway of the sciatic nerve, which originates from nerves in your lower back and travels through your buttocks down the back of your leg to the foot. Sciatica typically occurs on one side of the body and may include symptoms of tingling, numbness and weakness. The most common cause is compression or inflammation of the spinal nerve roots as they exit the spinal column (a condition called radiculopathy) due to a herniated disc, bone spur or narrowing of the spinal canal (a condition called spinal stenosis). Less frequently, sciatica can be caused by piriformis syndrome, a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, spasms and causes direct irritation of the sciatic nerve.
Depending on the cause sciatic pain can have a slow onset, building in intensity, or occur suddenly with immediate severe pain. While extremely debilitating, sciatica tends to respond well to non-surgical treatments. At Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center, we will usually begin with measures that reduce the nerve inflammation, such as epidural injection or piriformis injection. For those with persistent symptoms (including patients who have undergone back surgery without relief), specific medications designed to target nerve pain, as well as advanced options such as spinal cord stimulation and percutaneous lumbar decompression, can provide significant improvement.
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