Sciatica occurs when the long nerve, called the sciatic nerve, becomes irritated. The sciatic nerve begins in the spine and travels down each leg. Sometimes, the nerve can become irritated where it leaves the spine area, often as a result of a bulging or herniated disc or spinal degenerative diseases, or from lifestyle issues such as repetitive stress (repeated bending and heavy lifting), poor posture or even sleeping on a mattress that doesn't support your back properly. Sciatica is also a common complaint in people who sit or stand for long periods of time every day.
One of the hallmark symptoms of sciatica is pain or dull aching that radiates from the lower back through the buttock and down the leg. Some patients may also experience burning or tingling sensations along the nerve pathway, or generalized numbness or weakness. Sciatica symptoms are variable, which means the type and severity of symptoms can be different in each person. The best way to know for sure if the sciatic nerve is responsible for your symptoms is to have an exam and evaluation.
Dr. Miller is skilled in the management of lower back and spine-related pain including sciatica. Your treatment will begin with a physical exam and evaluation of your symptoms and medical history, and possibly diagnostic imaging to rule out other possible causes of those symptoms. Many patients suffering from sciatica benefit from injections of corticosteroids into the space around the spine to help relieve inflammation that can cause compression and irritation of the nerve. Injections can be more effective than oral steroid medications because the medication is delivered right to the area where inflammation is occurring for more effective relief of symptoms.
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