What is Sciatica?

Sciatica or sciatic pain refers to inflammation along the sciatic nerve causing pain in the low back, buttocks, and down the back of one or both legs.

You may feel discomfort or pain almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it usually goes down your low back into your buttocks and down the back of your thigh and calf. You may feel it in one or all of these locations.

Typically, sciatica is only obvious on one side of your body, but it may be active on both sides, or it may switch legs over time.

According to Harvard Health, sciatica is very common with as many as 40% of people experiencing it in their life, becoming worse with age.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Most cases of sciatica are not severe, but symptoms can range from a mild to excruciating.

You may also feel:

  • Burning Sensation
  • Dull Ache
  • "Pins and Needles"
  • Sharp Pain

Numbness may also appear like partial paralysis where you are unable to move part of your leg or foot.

Severe cases can also include significant leg weakness and bowel and bladder problems.

What causes sciatica?

There are many ways the sciatic nerve can be pinched:

  • Bone Spurs
  • Bulging or Herniated Discs
  • Diabetes
  • Improper Posture
  • Lumbar Spine Subluxation
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Poor Workplace Ergonomics
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Tumors

Women who are pregnant or have just given birth are also at higher risk to experience sciatica.

Diagnosing Sciatica

Diagnosing sciatica is straightforward. Usually it can be identified with a physical exam, muscle testing, and reflex texting to evaluate the neurological response of your sciatic nerve.

Discovering the underlying cause can be more complex and may require imaging such as x-rays.

Here at BackFit Health + Spine, we aim to diagnose but also discover the cause and fix it rather than only covering the symptom.

What sciatica treatments does BackFit offer?

Because every patient has a unique diagnosis for sciatica, treatment for it can vary.

BackFit’s aim is to treat by the least invasive method first, working up to the more advanced methods as necessary.

We offer the following treatment options (this is not necessarily in the order we might recommend to you based on your custom diagnosis):

…and more.

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