Sciatica can create debilitating pain that may travel all the way from your lower back to your buttocks and down the back of your leg. Dr. Liphard D’Souza is a board-certified neurologist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who specializes in treating the nerve dysfunction that causes sciatica. He leads the team at Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma and has significant expertise in providing narcotic-free, nonsurgical treatment solutions for sciatica. Call today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.
Sciatica refers to the symptoms that occur when your sciatic nerve is damaged, irritated, or inflamed. The sciatic nerve branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.
Sciatica symptoms typically occur on one side of your body but can affect both and may occur anywhere along the nerve.
Sciatica symptoms can vary in intensity from mild to severe, and may feel constantly present. You may experience:
Sometimes sciatica causes pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another. It can also create difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder.
The nerve irritation and inflammation that leads to sciatica is often related to a herniated disc, bone spur, or narrowing of the spinal canal that compresses the nerve as it exits the spine. Other conditions such as diabetic neuropathy may also cause nerve damage that leads to sciatica.
Certain habits and conditions increase your risk of developing sciatica, which may include: