My Sciatic Nerve is Acting Up!

////My Sciatic Nerve is Acting Up!

Many patients present to our office complaining that “my sciatic” is acting up.

Sciatic Nerve and PainThe medical term “sciatica” refers to leg pain including below the knee as a result of a lumbar spine or lower back problem.

The term “sciatica” has been inappropriately used to suggest involvement of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by multiple spinal nerves exiting from the lower back or lumbar spine. However, the sciatic nerve is not formed until reaching the region of the buttock.

Nevertheless, the term sciatica does not refer to entrapment of the sciatic nerve but a painful condition characterized by leg pain as the result of a lumbar spinal problem.

The most common cause of sciatica in a working age population is a herniated disc.

In an older population, sciatica is generally caused from a degenerative arthritic condition or spinal stenosis. The usual non-operative treatment offered for sciatica includes activity modification including avoidance of aggravating activities, oral medications including pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and manipulation such as chiropractic treatment.

If these treatment modalities fail to provide sufficient relief, interventional therapy such as epidural steroid injections are then used to relieve the pain and maximize quality of life. In some cases, non-operative treatments fail to relieve the sciatica and surgical intervention becomes necessary.

In summary, sciatica is a common painful condition as the result of a lumbar spinal problem usually relieved with non-operative treatment but occasionally requiring surgery.

We encourage setting up your doctor's appointment with Dr Scott Naftulin and Specialty Spine, Sports & Pain at the Bethlehem Spinal Care Treatment Center by completing the On-Line Appointment Scheduler. You may also contact us by calling (610) 954-9400 to arrange a visit to the doctor.
2017-11-29T19:20:55+00:00Categories: Medical Journal & Blog, Spine Tips|Tags: |

About the Author:

Dr. Scott Naftulin received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ursinus College and his Medical Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty in Pain Medicine. Dr. Naftulin received specialized training in interventional pain management and performs a variety of diagnostic, therapeutic and image-guided procedures.