Our Sciatica Treatments Get Patients Better, Faster
Simply stated, sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness in the lower back, buttocks, and/or legs that are produced when there is irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by a number of nerve roots that branch off of the spinal cord in the lumbar spine.
The sciatic nerve travels down through the buttocks, under the piriformis muscle and down the back of the legs to the ankle and foot. Typically, a patient complains of pain from the lower back that travels down the back of the thigh and calf and often to the little toe, often accompanied by tingling or numbness.
Sciatica is most often caused by herniated, bulging or degenerated discs producing pressure on the sciatic nerve as it exits the lower back. Additional causes include arthritis on the spine, as well as compression or pressure causing a pinching of the nerve as a result of injury.
Other causes of sciatica can be tumors, pregnancy or spinal stenosis.