Sciatica refers to pain in your lower limb due to irritation or compression of your sciatic nerve. This nerve originates from your lower back, branches out through your buttocks, and travels down the backs of your legs into your feet. Sciatica typically only affects one side of your body.
Causes of sciatica:
● Bone spurs, spinal stenosis, or herniated discs: structural changes in your spine that can lead to compression of the sciatic nerve roots, or a “pinched nerve”
● Muscle spasm or strain: sciatica-like pain can be produced by muscles in the back or buttocks after prolonged sitting, poor posture, injuries, or repetitive use
● Inflammation: the sciatic nerve can become irritated from inflammation as a result of trauma (ex. injuries), or chronic health conditions (ex. diabetes, autoimmune disorders)
Sciatica is very common, with more than 3 million cases reported in the United States each year. Your risk of suffering from sciatica further increases if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day, lift heavy loads, or drive a vehicle for extended periods. These scenarios lead to added stress on your lower back, which can lead to pressure on your sciatic nerve.
When should I see a doctor for sciatica?
The pain specialists at Elevate Medical can help diagnose and treat your sciatica, even if your flare-ups seem minor or infrequent. You should schedule a sciatica evaluation if you experience:
Radiating pain down your leg and into your heel
Electrical or burning sensations
Low back pain
Why should I choose Elevate Medical to help me with my sciatica?
At Elevate Medical, the team of expert providers work collaboratively to determine the source of your pain so that relief comes as quickly as possible. They perform comprehensive evaluations in order to fully correct the underlying issue beyond symptom management. Elevate Medical’s treatment methods have been thoroughly researched, and the providers are attentive to any new findings that may improve your care. The doctors at Elevate Medical consider every patient a unique individual, and they customize each treatment plan to your specific needs. It is their goal to replace unsuccessful, over-utilized medications and their dangerous side effects with a natural, highly effective approach that will benefit your health, sciatica and beyond.
How is sciatica treated?
Elevate Medical proudly offers innovative sciatica treatments, including: