Sciatica: What Is It?

Sciatica is a condition that leads to pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the lower back, hips, and upper legs. The sciatic nerve runs through openings in the spine in the lower back. Pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling can result if the nerve becomes impinged or inflamed.

We have encountered this condition at the Non-Surgical Spine Center and can work with you to solve it. Sciatica can be very painful and detract from someone’s quality of life. We are here to prevent that from happening.


Herniated Disc Related To Sciatica

A herniated disc is either bulging or ruptured. Either condition means the disc can’t do its natural job of cushioning the vertebrae and nerves extending from the spinal cord into the body. The disc 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. Regular activity becomes nearly impossible for the sufferer when the nerve is damaged or irritated.

Spinal Fracture Related To Sciatica

Spinal fractures may result from trauma or 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 deteriorations 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.

Pain Management

Back pain management 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 medical team will design a care plan appropriate to your specific needs to help you manage chronic back pain and get your life back.

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