Orthopedic surgeon Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD defines sciatica by leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that begins in the lower back and continues through the buttock down to the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg.
The symptoms usually affect only one side of the body and the pain from the nerve compression will feel like a sharp or burning sensation. You may even experience occasional jolts of shooting pain beginning in the buttock continuing to the back or side of the thigh or leg. Sciatica can even extend beneath the knee and may be felt in the feet and toes. Light activities like sitting and trying to stand up may be painful and difficult even coughing and sneezing can intensify the pain, says orthopedic surgeon Steven R. Garfin, MD.
Spinal Disorders Contributing to Sciatica
There are some spinal disorders that causes sciatica nerve compression and most common according to Jean- Jacques Abitobol, MD are:
- Herniated discs
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal tumors
There are nonsurgical remedies available and regular exercises for moderate sciatic nerve pain. Unfortunately for others, when the pain doesn’t get any better on its own, a surgical approach may be the best solution for finding pain relief and preventing future injury. If you think you have sciatica, call your doctor. The primary step toward relieving pain is a proper diagnosis.