Sciatica


 

Sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve. Running all the way from the lower back to the feet on both sides of the body, it is the longest nerve in the human body and instrumental in connecting the foot to the central nervous system. The medical term for sciatica is “lumbar radiculopathy,” and the pain associated with sciatica is sometimes called radicular pain. Sciatica treatments focus on decompressing the nerve causing the pain.

INFORMATION

SYMPTOMS: PAIN, NUMBNESS, FATIGUE, SPASMS, COMPROMISED MOVEMENTS

CAUSES: WEAR AND TEAR, INJURY

TREATMENTS: DECOMPRESSION, STABILIZATION/FUSION, INJECTION

RECOVERY RATE: HIGH

SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms of Sciatica include:

° Lower back pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness that is either stationary or radiating
° Pain in the rear, leg, or hip that is worse upon sitting
° Difficulty moving the leg or foot
° Constant pain on one side of the buttocks
° A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up

CAUSES

Additional common Sciatica causes

° Spinal stenosis: narrowing of the spinal in the lower back
° Degenerative Disc Disease: the breakdown of discs, or age-related wear-and-tear that leads to the breakdown of discs
° Spondylolisthesis: a condition which one vertebra overlaps another
° Back or neck strain due to repetitive physical activity, poor posture, imbalances in the musculature, or heavy lifting
° Direct physical injury such as a car accident or fall
° Genetics, whether or not the symptoms appeared in your parents

TREATMENTS

Conservative Options include:

Nerve root blocks and steroid injections

Decompression

Fusion/Stabilization may be used when the stability of the spine or vertebrae are compromised or threatened. In some of these cases, more than one harmful condition may exist. While these procedures are minimally invasive and enjoy a high success rate, some patients may be required to stay overnight for observation.

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