What are the symptoms of sciatica? If you’re suffering from this condition, you probably know the answer all too well. Sharp, localized pain in your lower back, pain that travels the length of your sciatic nerve down to your toes, numbness, weakness, and tingling – these are all potential symptoms you might be experiencing. But what exactly causes sciatica, and – more importantly – what can you do to treat it?
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica is a term to collectively describe the symptoms of compression of the sciatic nerve. The longest, thickest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and travels the length of the legs. When a degenerative spine condition such as a bulging disc, herniated disc, or bone spurs progresses to the point that it places pressure on this nerve, this is when sciatic symptoms occur.
The good news is that conservative, nonsurgical treatment options have proven to be very effective in managing the symptoms of sciatica. These can include everything from physical therapy and exercise to stretching and pain medications. However, if the conservative treatment plan your physician recommends fails to bring pain relief, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our endoscopic procedures that are minimally invasive alternatives to open back surgery. Our procedures are safe, effective, and can help you rediscover your life without back and neck pain.