Sciatica Nerve Pain
Sciatica nerve pain is a condition where pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and then down each leg. This pain usually affects one side of the body, but both sides can be affected in rare cases.
Sciatica is typically caused by a herniated disk, bone spurs on the spine, or the narrowing of the spine which compresses part of the nerve. This results in inflammation, which triggers pain and occasionally numbness in the affected leg.
Sciatica nerve pain can be especially frustrating due to its persistence and seemingly random occurrences that are often unpredictable, regardless of certain movements and positions.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Pain that radiates from the lower part of the spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the most common indication of sciatica nerve pain and usually occurs on one side of the body. This can vary from mild aching to a sharp burning pain that is nearly unbearable. Coughing or sneezing may make it worse in some instances, along with sitting for prolonged periods.
Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness can also occur in the affected leg or foot.
Sciatica Risk Factors
The following come with a heightened risk of developing sciatica nerve pain:
- Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated disks and bone spurs, are the most common causes of sciatica.
- Working at a job that requires frequent twisting of your back, carrying heavy loads, or prolonged sitting
- Sedentary lifestyle
If you’re looking for diagnosis or treatment options for sciatica, the staff at the Oklahoma Center for Spine and Pain Solutions would love to visit with you about your next steps. Our team is fully equipped to properly diagnose and recommend treatment options, and we are often able to see new patients the same week they contact us.