It’s fair to expect pain from any kind of pinched nerve, let alone the longest nerve in the human body. Our sciatic nerve originates in the lower back, runs through our buttocks and terminates further down our leg. And even though it’s one of the most important nerves in our bodies, it’s famous for being a troublemaker.
Sciatica is often caused by a bulging or herniated disc or bone spurs near the location of the sciatic nerve. A herniated disc can encroach upon or pinch the sciatic nerve causing the nerve to become irritated and swollen. Feelings of numbness or pain are typically associated with the inflammation of the sciatic nerve due to a herniated disc or bone spurs.
Sciatica is a painful condition that is often accompanied by radiating pain in the lower back and buttocks. The pain associated with sciatica comes in wide variety. It ranges from a mild ache and moderate discomfort to a burning sensation and excruciating pain. It can sometimes feel like an electric jolt that can be made worse by extended periods of sitting or even sneezing.
Mild sciatica usually goes away with rest and self-care techniques. In some unfortunate cases, sciatica pain doesn’t go away without more invasive treatments. For back pain that does not go away after a short time, doctors may prescribe powerful anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, and others to help control the pain. In some cases, doctors may recommend a corticosteroid shot in the affected area of the back to reduce inflammation around the area of the pinched nerve. In very severe cases, such as when the pinched nerve causes significant weakness, bowel or bladder incontinence, or pain that does not improve or progressively worsens, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove bone spurs or a portion of the herniated disc. At The SMART Clinic, we offer a variety of treatments for sciatica and herniated discs, many of which are minimally invasive.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica in the past and you continue to suffer from recurrent sciatica pain, you should consult with a qualified physician about your options for treatment. Long lasting sciatica can have serious consequences if left untreated. A qualified doctor will assess your circumstances and determine the best course of treatment for you.