Inside your body, you have a large nerve exiting on both sides of the lower end of your spinal column. This nerve, which is called the sciatic nerve, is important for the innervation of your lower body, including sensation and movement in your legs and feet. Occasionally, something may happen that causes the sciatic nerve to become pinched, irritated, inflamed, and/or damaged. When this happens, a person is said to have sciatica.
The term “sciatica” really just describes a syndrome—it doesn’t explain exactly what’s causing your sciatic nerve to become irritated or impinged (pinched). Many disorders of the spine can put pressure on the nerve roots that become the sciatic nerve and thereby cause sciatica, including a lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and tumors or other spinal lesions.
Sciatica often presents with several common symptoms, including shooting/searing/burning pain in one or both legs; weakness and numbness in one or both legs; and low back, groin, and/or buttocks pain that is often worse when standing. At the Indiana Spine Center, we diagnose sciatica with a thorough physical examination, patient history, and, in some cases, imaging studies such as an MRI scan.
Since the exact cause of your sciatica symptoms may be different than another person with sciatica, we’re careful to provide individualized care that will maximize your healing and recovery. Many people with sciatica benefit from non-surgical treatments including chiropractic care that focuses on realigning the spine, reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve, restoring the nervous system’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body, and preventing recurrence. Additional conservative methods to reduce, eliminate, and/or prevent sciatica symptoms include spinal rehabilitation, prescription and/or over-the-counter medication and interventional pain management. Our team also offers guidance on healthy lifestyle changes that promote overall well-being. In some cases, and depending on what’s causing your sciatica symptoms, our team may recommend surgical intervention.
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