Origin and treatment options for radiating pain

Radiating pain is a sign that a nerve or nerve roots along the spinal column are under pressure from injury or inflammation. A common symptom of many spinal conditions, this pain travels the length of a nerve — including, down an entire arm or leg. Learn more about the location of radiating pain as well as the treatment options available in the following article.

Where does radiating pain come from?

Sciatica is perhaps the best-known example of radiating pain. This condition involves lower back pain that radiates down the leg and into the foot. If a bulging or herniated disc pinches the sciatic nerve, it may put pressure on a branch of spinal nerves that run from the lower back all the way down to each foot, causing pain in the lower back, the back of the thigh, the knee and the foot.

Some common symptoms of sciatica may include:

  • A sensation of tingling or numbness in the legs
  • Isolated pain to the left or right side of the buttocks
  • Pain stemming from the lower back to the legs

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to reach out to your doctor for the right diagnosis and to come up with a treatment plan that can help ease your discomfort.

Treatment for radiating pain

Nonsurgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers, exercise and physical therapy may help with radiating pain. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may recommend surgery if you have not met your pain relief goals after several months of conservative therapies.

Unlike traditional open back surgery, which is an invasive procedure with a typically extensive recovery, the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute are performed in an outpatient setting and are safer and effective alternatives.^

Using a less than 1-inch incision, our minimally invasive procedures have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from radiating pain caused by underlying spine conditions. If you’ve had your spine problem diagnosed but haven’t found relief, contact Laser Spine Institute today to take a stand against chronic back pain.

We can provide a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.