Sciatica: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

July 24, 2021

Sciatica is a painful condition that can take a toll on your day-to-day activities. While anyone can experience sciatica, this condition usually affects adults aged between 30 to 50. Sciatica is a nerve pain or discomfort due to irritation, injury, or misaligned sciatic nerves-- the largest and thickest nerve in the body. 

 

Sciatic nerves are made of 5 nerve roots: three from the sacrum (the final section of the spine); and two from the lumbar region. These roots are interconnected, forming the right and left sciatic nerves. They run through your hips, buttocks, and all the way down to your lower extremities. 

 

Possible Causes 

There are several possible causes of sciatica pain. Excess weight, poor posture, lack of exercise, or unsupportive shoes are all factors that can lead to sciatica. Keep in mind that sciatica may also be a symptom of a chronic spine disorder or health condition such as:

  • Spinal stenosis 
  • Piriformis syndrome 
  • Herniated disc 
  • Spondylolisthesis 
  • Infection 
  • Injury 
  • Pregnancy 

 

Symptoms 

Sciatica symptoms may include the following: 

 

  • Pain and discomfort in the lower back, buttock, and lower extremities 
  • Numbness in your lower back, buttock, and lower extremities 
  • Restricted mobility 
  • Tingling sensation in the legs, toes, and feet 

 

People with sciatica may also experience pain or discomfort: 

 

  • After sitting or standing for a period of time 
  • While sneezing or coughing 
  • When bending backwards 
  • When holding your breath 

 

Risk Factors 

You are at greater risk if you:

  • Have an injury (current or previous) 
  • Are obese or overweight 
  • Have an active physical job 
  • Have diabetes 
  • Smoke
  • Have osteoarthritis  
  • Lack core strength 
  • Have improper posture

The Right Spinal Clinic: Exams, Tests, and Treatment

At The Right Spinal Clinic, we conduct a thorough assessment to analyze your symptoms. Our physician will review your condition and medical history to ensure we provide you with the right treatment plan.

After the assessment, the treatment plan for sciatica pain may include the following:

There’s no need to prolong your agonizing pain and discomfort. Call us now at 813-392-2164 to schedule your appointment.

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