he sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It runs from the lower back into the legs, and can even cause tingling effects in the feet. The feelings associated with the sciatic nerves are as follows:
- “Pins and Needles” Feeling
Because of its significant length and size, typically the feelings associated with the sciatic nerve are significant as well. Sciatica is the actual reference to that tingling sensation, pain, or numbness associated with the sciatic nerve. This is caused by irritation or damage done to a nerve root associated with the sciatic nerve.
How will I know?
f you’re having problems with normal daily activities, such as getting out of bed or off the couch, walking, bending over, or lifting lightweight objects, it could be the result of damage to the sciatic nerve. If you feel sharp pain or numbness in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, or the hamstring area, it is most likely sciatica, as the sciatic nerve runs throughout this entire area. Keep in mind that sciatica is only a symptom of a larger issue, and is not, itself, considered a medical condition.
What's causing it?
here are multiple issues that can cause sciatica:
- Slipped disc
- Bulging/Herniated Disc
- Injury (such as falling off a ladder, sports-related, or trauma to the lower back)
- Pelvic Fracture
Each of these can easily result in damage to the sciatic nerve, and you need to be checked as soon as possible. Our doctors and chiropractic experts are professionally trained to perform complete physicals to determine what is causing the pain, properly and effectively treat it, and get you back to normal as quickly as possible.
What do I do?
f the pain is severe, surgical treatment may be the best option, and our staff is fully capable to determine the right outcome for your position.
There are several different types of treatment:
- Alternative Treatments
- Physical Therapy
From over-the-counter medicine to laser spine surgery, there are multiple treatments available for sciatica. Invasive surgery is not always necessary, and it’s recommended that you ask our doctors what the best solution is to your back problems. Sometimes, you can undergo something as little as a brief rehab or simple rest. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking our doctors questions is the best way for you to become fully knowledgeable of your situation so you can understand how we can help and get you on the road to recovery.
Laser Spine Surgery offers a full scope of spine services, from supervised rehabilitation to medication and minimally invasive surgery.
Laser Spine Specialists can help get rid of your pain so you can get your life back on track. To learn more about how we can help, call 214-989-6299.