Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve, which is a big nerve running down your leg, gets compressed or irritated. This can lead to pain that shoots down from your lower back through your buttocks and into one or both legs. If you think you’re experiencing Sciatica, get a head start on your diagnosis below.

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How Do I Know If I Have Sciatica?

If you experience sharp leg pain radiating from your lower back down one leg, along with numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness, there’s a possibility you may have sciatica. To figure out if you might have sciatica, learn about what causes it and the symptoms you should look out for.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is primarily caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. To find the right treatment and feel better, it’s important to know what’s causing your sciatica. Some common causes include: 

  • Herniated Discs
  • Bulging Discs
  • Disc Degeneration
  • Bone Spurs
  • Spinal Stenosis

While these are common causes of sciatica, it’s important to be aware that sometimes sciatica can happen without any obvious cause or injury.

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Pain is the predominant symptom of sciatica. It can ranging from sharp, shooting sensations to a more persistent, dull ache. Other common symptoms include:

  • Sharp leg pain that radiates from the lower back down one leg
  • Numbness and tingling sensations in the leg or foot
  • Muscle weakness in the affected leg
  • Aggravation of pain during certain activities like standing, sitting, coughing, or sneezing
  • Burning sensation along the path of the affected nerve
  • Difficulty with movement, particularly walking or performing everyday activities

Each person’s experience with sciatica is unique, and not everyone will have all of these symptoms. If you’re dealing with back pain or experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to take the first step by using our online condition assessment tool below. 

How is Sciatica Treated?

Dealing with sciatica and finding the right treatment can be overwhelming. The right treatment for you can depend on the severity of your symptoms, where you feel the pain, and your overall health.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Sciatica

At Integrated Pain Associates, we believe in exhausting all conservative treatments for sciatica before turning to minimally invasive options. Common non-surgical treatments for sciatica include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Over-the-counter Pain Medication
  • Heat and Cold Therapy
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Acupuncture or Chiropractic Adjustments

Surgical Treatments for Sciatica

If non-surgical treatments fall short of providing enough relief for sciatica, or if the condition is severe, minimally invasive surgery may be considered. Minimally invasive surgical options for sciatica can include: 

  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Endoscopic Discectomy
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Laser Discectomy

Whether you’re exploring non-surgical or surgical treatment options for sciatica, taking the first step to seek help is essential. Start your journey towards pain relief by requesting an appointment below. 

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