“Sciatic neuritis” refers to the inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which most commonly occurs as a result of the degeneration of the spinal column that leads to compression of the nerve. The most common symptoms of this inflammation are pain, muscle weakness and numbness or tingling, although symptoms can vary depending on the cause and location of the compression. In most cases, sciatic neuritis can be managed with a steady course of conservative treatment over several weeks, although in some severe instances, a surgical remedy might be warranted.
What is sciatic neuritis?
Sciatic neuritis occurs when the sciatic nerve – the nerve that extends from the lower spine to the feet – becomes inflamed or irritated. In a healthy individual, this nerve facilitates the transfer of signals between the brain and the lower extremities, but when this nerve is interfered with, a number of symptoms can present both at the site of the irritation and along the nerve, which travels from the lower back, through both sides of the pelvis and down the legs to the feet. Some of the most common symptoms of sciatic neuritis are:
- Local, chronic lower back pain
- Radiating pain that travels along the inflamed sciatic nerve
- Unexpected muscle weakness in the thighs, knees or hamstrings
- Loss of reflex
- Diminished motor skills
- The sensation of pins-and-needles and numbness
How do you treat sciatic neuritis?
Treatment for sciatic neuritis is almost always first attempted conservatively. Common non-surgical treatment methods include:
- Physical therapy
- Heat or cold therapy
- Chiropractic adjustment
- Deep tissue massage
- Pain medication
- Pelvic stabilization
If after several weeks you are still experiencing sciatic neuritis, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how one of our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures might be able to help you find relief from nerve compression symptoms.