Sciatic Neuralgia

Questions? Call Toll-Free 1-

Contact us today. We're here for you seven days a week.

Contact Us By Phone 1-
Am I a Candidate for Surgery? Learn More
Request an MRI Review Submit Information

Sciatic Neuralgia

Sciatic Neuralgia

Sciatic neuralgia is a general term used to describe the set of symptoms associated with compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the longest and widest nerve in the body. Beginning at the level of the fourth lumbar (lower back) vertebra, the sciatic nerve runs through the buttocks and down the legs. Because of the large size of the nerve, and because of the vulnerability of the lower back to degenerative spine conditions associated with the aging process, sciatica is an extremely common source of lower body discomfort.

Specifics of sciatic neuralgia

While the term “neuralgia” can refer to a large range of nerve-related pain, sciatic neuralgia refers to a specific set of symptoms associated with compression of the sciatic nerve. These symptoms also are called sciatica and can include:

  • Localized pain at the site of the nerve compression
  • Constant pain in the upper leg or buttocks
  • Radiating pain, or radiculopathy, which shoots down the lower back, the buttocks, and the legs
  • Tingling in the buttocks or legs
  • Numbness or weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, feet, or toes

Treatment for sciatic neuralgia

While living with sciatica can be uncomfortable, it’s important to know that the symptoms typically can be managed using conservative treatment methods such as over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, exercise, epidural injections, and others. However, if chronic symptoms persist after several weeks of conservative treatment, surgery might become an option. If so, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the many benefits of an outpatient procedure performed using minimally invasive technology. We will provide a review of an MRI or CT scan to determine your eligibility for one of our procedures.

Need an immediate response?

Our live chat feature allows you to talk instantly with a representative.

  • - -

Download your info packet on
Minimally Invasive
Spine Surgery

& receive our e-newsletter.

También disponible en español

What is Laser Spine Surgery? Can Laser Spine Institute Help You?

You can get these answers by attending a medical seminar.

Back to Health

Be inspired, informed and connected.

Expert answers, informational videos and inspiring stories of patients who returned to life at its fullest with Laser Spine Institute.

Laser Spine Wellness

Patient Reviews and Stories

Natalie Gulbis shares her story about her road to recovery from back pain after minimally invasive surgery.

Learn about Natalie Gulbis' Recovery

Meet our Physicians and Surgeons

Our medical professionals know that you expect excellence in terms of medical attention. We strive to go Above and Beyond your expectations and deliver quality, patient-centered care at each of our surgery centers.

Learn about our physicians & medical staff