Sciatica is caused by injury to, or pressure on, the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and lower leg. It provides the sensation to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot.
Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.
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Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. This pressure or damage can occur for a variety of reasons. Sciatica causes can include:
- A bulging or herniated disk that is pressing on the nerve.
- Spinal stenosis: a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerve.
- An injury such as a pelvic fracture.
- Sometimes, no specific cause can be found.
Sciatica pain is usually only on one side of your body. Symptoms include:
- Pain that radiates (travels) from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg
Our board-certified, caring physicians will carefully examine you to diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Our advanced diagnostic techniques will help us determine what's causing your pain and get you on the road to better health.
- We take your medical history
- We conduct a thorough physical exam
- We carefully analyze your symptoms
- We may order diagnostic tests, including x-ray, MRI, and nerve conduction studies, to help us diagnose your chronic pain
If you would like more information about sciatica treatment or our back pain specialists, please call Pain and Spine Specialists and speak to our dedicated team to improve the quality of your life. You can call (301) 703-8767 (Maryland Locations), (724) 603-3560 (Pennsylvania Locations), or (540) 433-1905 (Virginia Locations) and schedule an appointment today.
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