Sciatica Pain Treatment
The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back and runs down the buttocks, through the leg, and down to the toes. In fact, it is the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve connects the legs and feet to the spinal cord, providing sensation, muscle strength, and movement.
Sciatica pain occurs when the sciatic nerve or the nerve roots that form it are compressed, causing it to become irritated and inflamed. The goal of sciatica pain treatment is to relieve compression of the sciatic nerve to eliminate or reduce pain.
When To See A Doctor For Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica can sometimes be hard to identify. This is because the symptoms overlap with symptoms of other conditions, and because sciatica can cause pain anywhere along the length of the sciatic nerve. Most commonly, patients have pain that seems to radiate from the lower back to the buttocks, and sometimes down the leg. Typically, the sensation only occurs on one side, and you may also experience tingling or numbness in the leg.
Make an appointment with a pain specialist if:
- Self-care measures like rest and over-the-counter medications don