Sciatica or Radiculopathy

What is Sciatica?

Shooting back, buttock, and or leg pain is experienced by more than 80% of adults.  If this pain is severe and lasts more than 6 weeks further diagnostic evaluation and treatment should be considered.  Sciatica is most commonly caused by degenerative arthritis in the lumbar spine that leads to pinching of nerves just before they exit the spine to travel to muscles in the legs.  This arthritis can cause conditions such as disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and foraminal stenosis.  Various methods are used for treatment.  Sciatica specifically refers to the nerve pain (radiculopathy) that migrates down the low back, hip, buttock and or leg.  When this occurs in the neck it causes cervical radiculopathy which sends pain in the neck, shoulder, and arm.

 

Sciatica

This condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Because these nerves travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet, an injury in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Sciatica may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the lumbar spinal column.