Pinched Sciatic Nerve

A pinched sciatic nerve can result in serious, painful symptoms, but how exactly does this condition occur? To begin with, your sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It originates in a grouping of nerves in your lower back, runs through the pelvic area and then down both legs. It is responsible for controlling the feeling and movement in each leg, including the buttock, thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot and toes. This important nerve can become “pinched” when it is directly compressed by a bulging or herniated disc as it exits the intervertebral foramen, or the opening between vertebrae where nerves leave the spine and extend to other areas of your body.


If the sciatic nerve becomes pinched, inflamed or injured, it can result in a variety of symptoms which are often grouped together under the name sciatica. Sciatica is technically not an actual condition; rather, it is simply the term used to describe this collection of symptoms. Regardless, if you’re dealing with a pinched sciatic nerve, it might result in some or all of the following sciatic symptoms:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain radiating down the legs to the feet
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Loss of reflexes
  • And more

Treatment options

Treatment for a pinched sciatic nerve often begins with any of a variety of conservative, non-surgical solutions such as rest, exercise, weight loss, physical therapy and more. However, for some individuals, surgery becomes a potential option when such conservative treatments fail to reduce their back pain, leg pain or other sciatic symptoms.

If you’re experiencing a pinched sciatic nerve, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our variety of minimally invasive procedures that can treat this condition and many other degenerative spine conditions. Our orthopedic surgeons perform a number of outpatient procedures that are effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.

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