What is Sciatica?

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Specific sciatica symptoms also vary widely in type, location and severity, depending upon the condition causing the sciatica. While symptoms can be very painful, it is rare that permanent sciatic nerve damage (tissue damage) will result. Often, a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica, but rather the sciatic nerve pain tends to develop over time. Because sciatica pain is caused by an underlying medical condition, treatment is focused on relieving the underlying causes of symptoms.Exercise is usually better at relieving back pain then bed-rest. Patients may rest for a day or two after their sciatic pain flares up, but after that time period, inactivity will usually make the pain worse. Without exercise and movement, the back muscles and spinal structures become deconditioned and less able to support the back. The deconditioning and weakening can lead to back injury and strain, which causes additional pain Treatment is usually self-care and/or non-surgical treatment that we do hear at Orange County Laser Spine.