Sciatica is a condition in which a protruding, or herniated disk, in the spinal column presses on the nerve roots in the lumbar spine.

The most common symptoms are pain in the lower back or hip that radiates to the back of the thigh and into the leg, weakness, “pins and needles,” numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation down the leg.
Approximately 80% to 90% of patients with sciatica get better without surgery, given sufficient time and rest.

Nonsurgical treatment is aimed at helping to manage pain.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or muscle relaxants may also help.

If disabling leg pain persists for more than 3 months, removal of the herniated disk may be needed.

This surgery is usually very successful at relieving pain, especially for leg pain.

Physical therapy is an important adjunctive treatment to strengthen back muscles and improve flexibility.

Most people can return to normal lifestyles.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM online at team and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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