If you’re experiencing pain shooting down one of your legs, the odds are fairly good that you have sciatica. At Northwest Suburban Pain Center, with offices located in Arlington Heights, South Barrington, and Schaumburg, Illinois, the expert team of pain management specialists routinely treats sciatica pain, giving their patients the freedom to move without pain again. To learn more, call one of the offices or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, and it runs from your low back down either buttock and the backs of both legs to your feet. Because of its reach, when the nerve is compromised or compressed in your low back, you may feel radiating pain down one side of your lower body, which is a condition called sciatica.
Sciatica isn’t a diagnosis, but a symptom of another problem, generally in your low back.
Sciatica is generally very recognizable because of its impact on only one side of your body. If your sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, you may feel pain, tingling, or numbness down one buttock and the back of one leg. The extent to which the pain radiates depends upon how much your nerve is compromised. While the symptoms are largely the same, how you experience them can vary. For example:
In rare cases, you may feel pain down both legs, but the hallmark of sciatica is a one-sided pain.
Your low back is a complex structure of vertebrae, discs, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. If anyone of these areas is injured or affected by a disease, it can have an impact on the nerve roots in the area, including your sciatic nerve. To give you a better idea of what’s contributing to your sciatica pain, the most common causes include:
After your evaluation by one of the medical experts at Northwest Suburban Pain Center, the first order of business is to alleviate your immediate symptoms. To do this, your doctor typically turns to an epidural injection, which provides immediate relief from the pain you’ve been experiencing.
From there, you may need to address the underlying cause of your sciatica and set up a more long-term plan.
If you’re suffering from sciatica pain, don’t wait to make an appointment at Northwest Suburban Pain Center. Call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.