Lower Back Pain May Be Sciatica

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 in General Health News

Have pain in your lower back? Is it stretching down one or both of our legs?

You may have a problem with your sciatic nerve. The condition, called sciatica (sigh-at-eh-kah), affects more than 3 million people a year in the United States.

It’s usually caused when a herniated disc or bone spur in the spine presses on the nerve.

Pain originates in the spine and travels down the back of the leg. Sciatica typically affects only one side of the body.

Medication for pain and physical therapy are common treatments.

At Signature Medical Group, our orthopedic specialists can give you the best care for sciatica in a comfortable, friendly setting. We’ll help you get back to the things you love.

Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Symptoms are usually based on the location of the pinched nerve.

Although the symptoms can be painful and potentially debilitating, it is rare that permanent sciatic nerve damage (tissue damage) will result, and spinal cord involvement is possible but rare.

Sciatica rarely occurs before age 20. It is most likely to develop around age 40 or 50.

If you're experiencing symptoms, call today for an appointment with a Signature Medical Group orthopedic specialist. The only thing you have to lose is the pain.