Constant lower back pain on a daily basis can make it difficult to complete even the simplest of tasks. Sciatica, or chronic lower back pain is a common condition that many patients suffer from for years before seeking treatment. At Craig C. Callewart, M.D., Dr. Callewart strives to provide his patients with superior care and top-tier treatments for alleviating sciatica pain and restoring overall well-being.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica itself is not recognized as a medical condition. It is a symptom associated with other spinal conditions that result from pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is actually a grouping of nerves which branch from the lower back, through the hips, buttocks, and down both legs. These nerves are joined at the gluteal area of the spine to form the sciatic nerve. In most cases, sciatica only affects one side of the body. Sciatica, or radiculopathy, occurs when pressure is placed on one of the originating nerves – and it becomes compressed.
What Causes it?
Sciatic pain can derive from several possible spinal conditions. These can include herniated discs, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis. These conditions can result for a variety of reasons including injury, strains, and accidents. The severity of pain may also vary from mild to severe and can be experienced intermittently to constantly. The pain caused from sciatica can occur alongside other symptoms including numbness, as well as weakness in the lower back and extremities.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Other symptoms may include:
- Pain that usually affects one side of the body
- Traveling pain through the hips, back of legs, and/or bottom of feet
- Electrical pain
- Aches that linger
- Sharp burning
- Numbness in the affected leg
- Weakness in the lower back, leg, or hip
Dr. Callewart and his skilled staff understand how pain affects the whole body and everyday life. They take a personalized approach to treating your specific spinal issues with a customized plan tailored to you and your specific needs. Since sciatic pain is a potential indicator of other spinal conditions, it is necessary to first diagnose the source of pressure on the associated nerves in order to treat the pain efficiently. Treatments can range from non-operative – or if severe enough, may require a surgical solution. Whatever the case, Dr. Callewart and his staff will work with you one-on-one throughout each step of your wellness journey.
If you are experiencing pain associated with sciatica, the professionals here at Craig C. Callewart, M.D. offer specialized treatments that can benefit you. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards improved overall wellness.