If you are experiencing pain from your lower back down the back of your leg, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is pain that runs along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerves runs from your lower back through your buttocks and down each leg. The severity and type of pain varies; it may manifest as an ache, a burning sensation, or extreme jolts of pain. Sciatica is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, whether from a herniated disk, bone spur, or spinal stenosis. Generally, sciatica only affects one side of the body, which experiences inflammation, pain, and numbness. Sciatica is painful, but treatable. Often, it will just go away over time, or it can be treated with chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, or medication; however, severe sciatica may necessitate surgery. If you are experiencing sudden or severe pain along your sciatic nerve, you should come see a physician at Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson immediately.
While medical intervention is often necessary, there are certain self-care treatments that can help sciatica. Some people find that applying cold or hot packs several times a day to the affected area helps ease the pain. Additionally, stretches that focus on the lower back can help. Other patients find that over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, help them with their pain.
If you are experiencing pain that you suspect may be sciatica, come to Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson. We can diagnose your pain, and help you find the best treatment method. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.