Sciatica

Treated by Ark-La-Tex Spine Care – serving Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding areas

Sciatica refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg.

Causes

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back)
  • Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae)
  • Spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one)
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasm in the back or buttocks

Symptoms

  • 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

Diagnosis

To diagnosis your pain, a thorough medical history and physical examination will be completed by a physician. Questions will be asked in regards to your general health, possible causes of your pain, and a description of your symptoms to help determine the source of your pain. He may also ask you to walk or bend to see which movements cause pain.

Your doctor may order an X-ray or MRI to check for bone or nerve damage near your spine.

Treatment

  • Nerve Blocks
  • Cortisone Shots
  • Medications
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)