Sciatica is an underlying medical condition that can originate from lumbar herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis.
Sciatica usually begins with leg pain in the lower back that travels through the buttocks toward the sciatic nerve in the legs.
Common sciatica symptoms include:
- Constant leg pain in one side of the buttock or legs. (Symptoms rarely occur in both sides)
- Pain beginning in the lower back or buttocks that goes down the back thigh and travels down the lower leg or foot.
- Pain that is less intense when lying down or walking, but intensifies when standing up or sitting.
- Frequent sharp pain.
- A “pins-and-needles” sensation with numbness, weakness, and a pricking sensation down the leg.
- Weakness and numbness when moving legs or feet.
- Severe pain in one leg that makes it difficult to stand or walk.
- Pain and other symptoms in the toes.
- Lower back pain that is not as severe as leg pain.
Symptoms of sciatica vary based on the pinched nerve’s location.
For sciatica treatment or questions, call 888-452-IRMC (4762) to schedule an appointment with IRMC Physician Group chiropractor, Dr. Kolby Mumau!