Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, running from your lower back down to each of your feet. If this nerve gets pinched, it can result in debilitating pain called sciatica. If you have sciatica resulting from injury or illness, the doctors at Metro Pain and Vein Centers, with offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York, can help you get relief. To book an appointment online or over the phone today.
The sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and runs through your hips, buttocks, and down each leg into your feet. When this nerve gets pinched, the resulting pain is called sciatica. Sciatica is usually felt on only one side of your body, beginning in your lower back and running down the back of your leg into your thigh or calf, and sometimes to your foot. The pain usually feels like a sharp, burning sensation, or that of an electric shock.
Sciatica pain can become more intense if you’ve been sitting for a long time, and you may find it especially painful to cough or sneeze. Alongside this pain, you may feel pressure, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg or foot. You may have different symptoms throughout the affected area, so part of your leg may be numb while another part is painful.
The term “sciatica” refers to the pain itself, not the cause. Sciatica is the symptom of another condition, such as an injury or illness, that leads to the pinching of your sciatic nerve. This damage to your nerve is called “neuropathy.”
Conditions that can cause sciatica include:
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. This happens when the cartilage that cushions your spine slips out of place and presses against your sciatic nerve.
Sometimes, when the discs in the spine weaken, they become unstable and push against the sciatic nerve.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes the spaces within your spinal cord to narrow.
You’re at greater risk of developing sciatica if you have a sedentary lifestyle or work at a job that requires you to sit for a long time. Jobs that require lots of heavy lifting can also result in developing sciatica.
Many cases of sciatica improve in a few weeks and respond to over-the-counter pain medications. If you don’t improve, the doctors at Metro Pain and Vein Centers can effectively treat your sciatica using noninvasive methods. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy to strengthen your lower back muscles, which can, in turn, put less pressure on your sciatic nerve.
To relieve pain, your doctor may recommend steroidal injections in the affected area or prescribe pain medications, such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and tricyclic antidepressants.
To get relief from your sciatica pain, book an appointment online or over the phone with Metro Pain and Vein Centers today.