How to Get Relief for Your Sciatica

Sciatica is a common problem that affects up to 40% of people at some point in their lifetime. Unlike other forms of back pain, this painful condition causes symptoms that radiate from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and down into the legs along the sciatic nerve.

If this sounds familiar, you don’t have to suffer through sciatica symptoms. Our experienced team at Valley Pain Centers can help identify what’s triggering your nerve irritation and create a personalized treatment strategy to get your symptoms under control fast.

Understanding sciatica

Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and branches out to run down each of your legs. 

It’s approximately the width of your little finger, and it passes deep inside your buttocks and into the backs of your legs, continuing all the way to the soles of your feet. 

This lengthy path makes it the longest nerve in your body. It’s also why sciatica causes telltale symptoms, such as:

Sciatica symptoms may be mild or severe, but they’re always felt along this nerve. Furthermore, they usually only affect one side of the body.

Identifying the cause

Sciatica may cause symptoms that radiate down your leg, but the problem starts near your spine where the nerve becomes irritated, inflamed, or compressed. Herniated discs are usually to blame for sciatic nerve inflammation. 

Other conditions that can trigger sciatica include:

It’s crucial to identify the cause of your sciatica symptoms because treatment needs to address the source.

Treating sciatica

To diagnose sciatica, our team performs a comprehensive physical examination and reviews your symptoms and medical history. In some cases, we may also recommend digital imaging, such as X-rays or MRIs, to look for underlying issues, confirm our findings, or determine the extent of the nerve compression.

After reaching a diagnosis, we outline a personalized treatment plan customized to your unique condition and symptoms. Sometimes, rest and stretching alone can relieve this problem. However, more proactive treatments may be more effective at addressing pain, improving mobility, and restoring quality of life.

Based on the cause of your symptoms, we may recommend:

These treatments can help relieve irritation, inflammation, and pain along the nerve pathway.

At Valley Pain Centers, with three convenient Arizona locations in Phoenix, Peoria, and Scottsdale, you are never a number. Your consultation, examination, and treatment are always administered by a highly qualified physician. If you have sciatica symptoms, we have experienced physicians who can help you, including Toure Knighton, MD, Jin Yuk, MD, and Patricia Henthorn, DC, DAAMUAP. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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