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Causes

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve, which controls the muscles at the back of the knee and lower leg and provides sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg and the sole of the foot. Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pelvic injury or fracture
  • Piriformis syndrome, which occurs when the piriformis muscle—which starts at the lower spine and connects to each thighbone—becomes tight or goes into spasm, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis or slipped disc
  • Spinal tumors

Risk factors for sciatica include:

  • Age-related changes in the spine
  • Diabetes, which increases the risk of nerve damage
  • Occupations that that carrying heavy loads, twisting the back or driving a motor vehicle
  • Prolonged sitting that accompanies a sedentary lifestyle

Symptoms

Sciatica pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation, to severe pain. Symptoms include:

  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk.
  • Burning or tingling down the leg and/or in your foot.
  • Numbness or muscle weakness along the nerve pathway in your leg or foot.
  • Pain on one side of the buttock or leg.
  • Pain that is worse when sitting.

Treatment Options

In many cases, sciatica responds well to self-management techniques, including alternating cold and hot packs, stretching, and over-the-counter pain medications.

If these tools do not reduce the pain, we offer treatment options that include:

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