Millions of people in the United States suffer from sciatica. Sciatica is a term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain, tingling, and numbness or weakness originating in the lower back to the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.
What surprises most of our patients is that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis, it is merely a symptom of another underlying medical condition. The cause can vary, but the three most common underlying issues are a bulging disc, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis, it is a symptom of another underlying condition. Click To Tweet
Those suffering from sciatica often experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Constant pain in one side of the buttock or leg; rarely, the pain can occur in both legs
- Pain that worsens while sitting
- Burning or tingling leg pain
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A sharp pain that makes it difficult to stand up or walk
Most people who experience these symptoms feel better within a few weeks or months. Many find pain relief through alternating heat and cold therapy, pain medications, and steroid injections.
Treatment is focused on identifying and relieving the underlying medical issue. That being said, the treatment options vary greatly. What works for one patient most likely won’t work for someone else.
Did You Know?
- Sciatica is most common in individuals 40-50 years old
- Sciatica isn’t the result of an injury, but develops over time
- The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body
- It’s rare to suffer permanent sciatic nerve damage as a result of sciaticaDid you know that the sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body? Click To Tweet
If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms listed above, it’s important to seek medical attention. We posted this article for educational purposes only. This article is not meant to serve as medical advice.