When the sciatic nerve, which is responsible for movement and sensation in the legs and feet, becomes irritated, it can cause an array of uncomfortable symptoms known as sciatica. Originating in the lower back, the nerve extends through the hips and down the back of each leg. The effects of sciatica on your lifestyle and well-being can be significant due to the size and importance of the sciatic nerve. Fortunately, the decorated spine doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Torrington, Wyoming, offer top-of-the-line sciatica treatment.
Sciatica can be caused by a bone spur, herniated disc, or other tissue compressing the sciatic nerve. This can result in pain, muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations that extend from the lumbar spine and travel down one or both legs. These symptoms can vary from a mild, persistent ache to severe pain that interferes with daily activities and disrupts sleep. While sciatica typically affects one side of the body, depending on the severity and location of the compression, it can cause symptoms in both legs and feet.
Effective Sciatica Treatment Options
At Premier Bone & Joint Centers, our spine specialists can assist you in finding the most suitable treatment option for your sciatica pain. This may involve:
- Maintaining a physically active lifestyle
- Physical therapy
- Applying heat or ice
- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as needed
- Injections, as needed
In more severe instances, surgical intervention may be recommended to provide relief, although our specialists always pursue minimally invasive sciatica treatment options first.