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Understanding Sciatica and its Many Potential Causes and Treatments

Last updated 7 years ago

Sciatica is a common cause of buttock/leg pain. This debilitating condition puts many people through severe agony, forcing them to seek treatment from a back specialist. Today, we're going to give you some information about sciatica to help you understand the condition, its causes, and the treatments available to sufferers.

What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, running from the gluteal region posteriorly down towards the knee. When this nerve becomes irritated or inflamed, the patient suffers from sciatica. Pain radiates down the leg, starting in the hip or buttocks and going as far down as the calf. Numbness, tingling, or weakness can often accompany the one-sided pain. 

What Causes Sciatica?

Sitting for long periods of time, either as you drive or work at a desk or because of an inactive lifestyle can also lead to sciatica.  Other factors such as trauma, pregnancy, and scar tissue are less common but still prevalent causes of sciatic-based pain. 

What are the Treatments for Sciatica?

Sometimes, sciatic nerve pain will go away on its own, but often times, it requires treatment from a back specialist. Some options include heat, ice, physical therapy, pain medication—either over-the-counter or prescription—and injections of steroids or other medications. There are also alternative options, like acupuncture, chiropractic manipulations, and massage therapy.

If you are suffering from sciatica or other back pain, then come to SpineOne. We offer minimally-invasive treatment options to help you feel better, and in some cases, we can provide same-day appointments for your spinal disorders. Call us today at (303) 367-2225 to learn more.


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