The sciatic nerve

The sciatic nerve originates in a network of nerves in your lower back and runs through the hips and buttocks before running down both legs. It is the longest and largest nerve in your body and is responsible for movement and sensation for much of the lower body. If you are experiencing lower back pain or radiating pain in your legs, a condition affecting your sciatic nerve may be the cause.

How are sciatica and the sciatic nerve related?

If the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, injured or compressed, the group of potential symptoms that can result are referred to as sciatica. Sciatica can be a painful and debilitating issue to deal with. Sciatic symptoms can include:

  • Intense back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Pain radiating down the legs
  • Numbness, weakness and tingling in the lower body

Together, these symptoms can quickly compromise your ability to sit, stand and walk comfortably, making it difficult to enjoy a normal, active lifestyle.

Treatment options

If your doctor has diagnosed a condition related to the sciatic nerve as the root cause of your pain — whether due to a bulging disc, herniated disc or other spinal condition — there are a number of potential treatment methods to help ease your pain. Your doctor will likely recommend that you begin by trying any of a variety of conservative treatment options, including rest, exercise, weight loss, physical therapy and more.

However, for some individuals, these conservative treatments simply aren’t enough to reduce pain from the sciatic nerve and surgery becomes an option. If you are considering surgery to treat your sciatica pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^ Our orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons perform a range of outpatient procedures that can help you find relief from spine conditions including sciatica.

We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to help you find out if you may be a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.

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