Sciatic Nerve Pain
Sciatica refers to pain that occurs in the back of the legs. The pain itself originates in the lumbar spine, otherwise known as the lower back region, and it can spread through the sciatic nerves to affect an individual’s legs and feet.
The lumbar spine consists of five main vertebrae between the ribcage and pelvis, and there is a spinal nerve rooted to the spine between each vertebra. When these nerves join, they make up the sciatic nerves, which are the widest and longest nerves in the entire body. Sciatic nerve pain occurs when the root of one of the sciatic nerves becomes compressed or irritated. When this happens, an individual may experience numbness or pain throughout the legs, feet, and buttocks.
Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain
Many things can compress or irritate sciatic nerve roots. Some of the more common causes include:
• Lumbar disc herniation
• Lumbar spinal stenosis
• Degenerative disc disease
Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Pain
Although sciatica usually manifests in the lower back region, individuals with sciatica might experience numbness or pain in the buttocks or legs. It’s not often that the roots of more than one sciatic nerve would become compressed or irritated, but if more than one does, the pain or numbness may be felt in both buttocks or both legs. Some common symptoms include:
• Tingling or numbness in one foot or leg
• Lower back pain
• Sharp pain in the legs or buttocks
• Weakness in one foot or leg
• Inability to control bowel or bladder movements
Sciatic Nerve Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
If you ever experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it could be an indication that you have sciatica. Of course, to be certain you should consult with one of the medical professionals at Central NJ Spine. If you do choose to visit our office for treatment, our team of doctors might recommend surgical treatment, but only if more conservative treatment options, like medication and physical therapy, don’t work. If it turns out that surgery is needed, you can rest assured in knowing that our doctors specialize in procedures like lumbar discectomy andlaminectomy to remove nerve pressure.
Are you experiencing sciatic nerve pain? If so, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call our office at 201-371-6004.