06 Jun What is Sciatica
Sciatica is a condition that leads to pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the lower back, hips and through the upper legs. The sciatic nerve runs through openings in the spine in the lower back. If the nerve becomes impinged or inflamed, pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling can result.
A herniated disc is either bulging or ruptured. Either condition means that the disc can’t do its
natural job of cushioning the vertebrae and nerves that extend from the spinal cord into the body. The disc itself may even impinge upon the nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The sciatic nerve runs through the lowest part of the back, just above the hips, and helps control the muscles that contribute to standing, walking, and sitting. When the nerve is damaged or irritated, normal activity becomes nearly impossible for the sufferer.
Spinal fractures may result from trauma or from a condition like osteoporosis. The breakdown of the vertebrae is a serious problem that requires a comprehensive treatment approach. Your doctor may recommend surgery, pain management interventions, or physical therapy to help support the injured area by strengthening the core muscles that support the back.
Spondylosis is a descriptor rather than an actual diagnosis. It refers to the condition of having both deterioration in the back, like a fracture, herniated or ruptured disc, or other injuries, and pain. The term can include a number of different conditions that affect a back pain sufferer.
The management of back pain is extremely important to the patient’s quality of life and ability to engage in everyday activities. It may include physical therapy, injection therapy, over the counter and prescription pain medications, and even counseling and therapy. Your doctor and your medical team will design a care plan that’s appropriate to your specific needs to help you manage chronic back pain and get your life back.