Understand the common causes of your sciatica pain

Sciatica is a most observed pain that affects the sciatica nerve. The Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve continuing from the lower back down the back of each leg

The common symptoms of sciatica

The common symptoms of the sciatica may include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Hip pain
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the rear
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up

Sciatica usually influences only one side of the lower body. Generally the pain spreads from the lumber spine continuing through the rear of the thighs and down through the legs. However, the pain can also extend to the foot and toes depending on the exact point of the sciatic nerve

In some cases the sciatica pain is severe and highly exhausting, in other cases the pain might be irregular and irritating but can get  worse

The common causes of sciatica pain 

Sciatica pain is usually caused by the inflammation of the roots of the lower spine. Some common causes of sciatica pain might include

  • Sciatica pain is caused by irritation of the root(s) of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine.
  • Additional common causes of sciatica include:
  • Contraction of the spinal canal in the lower back
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipping of the vertebra over another pinching the sciatic nerve
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscles spasms in the back
  • Trauma
  • Spinal tumors

Herniated disc

A herniated disc is experienced when the soft center part of the vertebral disc bursts out through the tough exterior of the spinal disc. The bulging disc material starts pressing the nearby nerve networks and squeezes the fragile nerves causing sciatica pain

The results of herniated disc bring irritation, swelling and pain leading to severe numbness, tingling and muscle weakness

Spinal Stenosis

The spinal Stenosis is the pinched nerve disorder generally targeting the old age people. Spinal Stenosis bring legs pain likely to sciatica pain. The pain is mostly positioned to a specific point increased by activities and is relieved by resting

Degenerative disc disease

Often occurs when one disc of the lumbar spine slips over the other disc and is dislocated compressing the surrounding nerves which consequently causes sciatica pain. The degenerative disc disease is spotted at the birth, develops during childhood or by a trauma or injury

In case you or any of your loved one is suffering from sciatica pain and looking for a safe and cost-effective treatment, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at 815-464-7212. He is a world renowned Pain Medicine Physician who has been practicing regenerative injection therapies for the past several years with remarkable results.