A pinched sciatic nerve – or the nerve that originates in the lower part of your spine and runs the length of your leg – is the condition that arises when pressure is applied to this nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in your body, so sciatic symptoms can be severe and debilitating. But what are the root causes of this problem?
Causes of a pinched sciatic nerve
Nerve compression in the spine is most often the result of any of a variety of degenerative spine conditions. Caused by the natural degeneration of the spinal anatomy as part of the aging process, these conditions can place pressure on a spinal nerve – such as the sciatic nerve – and this is when symptoms arise. Typical spinal conditions that can cause nerve compression include:
- Bone spurs
- Spinal stenosis
- Bulging disc
- Herniated disc
- Facet disease
Symptoms of a pinched sciatic nerve
The location of the symptoms resulting from a pinched nerve depends on where exactly in your spine the nerve in question resides. So, naturally, the symptoms associated with compression of the sciatic nerve can occur in the lower back, buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, feet and toes. These symptoms can include:
- Chronic pain
- Pain radiating down the nerve
Conservative, non-surgical treatments are often very effective at managing the symptoms of nerve compression caused by a degenerative spine condition, including a pinched sciatic nerve. However, if you’ve failed to experience a reduction in pain after weeks or months of conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that have helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain.