If you are experiencing lower back or leg pain, sciatica may be the cause. Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve which is a large nerve that extends from the lower back down to the back of the legs. Common symptoms of sciatica are warm feelings or a tingling feeling down one or both legs, pain in the leg or bottom that proceeds to feel much more discomforting while sitting, a continuous pain on one side of the bottom, a sharp pain that makes it hard to stand, numb feeling that causes difficulty in transitioning the feet or legs. In most cases, sciatica only affects one side of the body. The pain usually begins in the patient’s lower back and sharply sends pain down the back to the leg. Some find the pain caused by sciatica unbearable, while others find it just annoying. The lumbar spine plays a large role in the causes of sciatica. Additional causes of sciatica can be pregnancy, degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Sciatica can make normal every day tasks turn into nightmares if not treated. Grocery shopping, playing with family or pets, exercise, cleaning can feel overwhelming to some with sciatica. Having sciatic pain can lead to further issues if gone untreated. It can cause lack of sleep, depression, irritability, and pain in other areas of the body due to lack of movement. This is not something to be taken lightly, especially when treatments are available and affordable. If you have been experiencing some of these symptoms of sciatica, please don’t hesitate any longer to get the help that is available to you. If you have been experiencing pain caused by sciatica and have any questions about how we can help, please feel free to give our scheduling coordinators a call. They are specialized and trained to get you in with one of the board certified pain management physicians that can best be equipped to suit your needs. Once scheduled, if you have had a recent MRI and would like us to review the MRI, please remember to bring the films or CD to your appointment. It you have not had an MRI done and your physician feels it is necessary, we have both open and high field closed MRIs available at some of our many locations. Ask for details if a MRI will be necessary. Sciatica can be a very difficult thing to experience. The feeling of this should not take over ones life, please use the expertise of our pain management physicians to get you back to feeling like yourself again. If walking is starting to feel like a chore to you and you are in constant pain, we can help.