What You Need to Know About Sciatica
Over time, our bodies can undergo changes due to various factors. One common phenomenon is the development of sciatica, a condition resulting from injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, running from the lower back through the hips and down each leg.
Common symptoms associated with sciatica include:
- Shooting pain, numbness, or tingling sensations in the lower back, buttocks, and down the legs
- Relief of pain when leaning forward or bending at the waist
- In severe cases, potential dysfunction in bowel or bladder control
- Exacerbation of pain when standing, walking, or sitting with a straightened posture
- Difficulty walking and maintaining balance
- Weakness in the legs and feet
Sciatica most commonly affects individuals in the lower back and buttocks region and down the legs. Consulting a specialist in spinal nerve disorders is crucial to diagnose sciatica and establish an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. In certain instances, surgery might be recommended to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Should spine surgery become the recommended course of action, a specialized surgeon experienced in treating sciatica will collaborate with you to determine the most suitable surgical approach. This may involve a discectomy or laminectomy to remove the source of the nerve compression, a fusion procedure to stabilize the affected area when necessary, or other corrective methods.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms related to sciatica, we encourage you to request an appointment online with one of our spine specialists at Appalachian Orthopedics or contact us at (423) 434-6300. Our dedicated team is committed to helping you find relief and regain your quality of life.