The sciatic nerve is the thickest and longest nerve in the body. It’s actually made up of five nerve roots: three from the final section of the spine called the sacrum & two from the lower back region called the lumbar spine. These five nerve roots together form a right and left sciatic nerve. One sciatic nerve runs through your hips on each side of your body, buttocks and down a leg, ending just below the knee.
Sciatica pain is caused by an irritation, inflammation, pinching or compression of sciatic nerve in the lower back. One of the most common causes is a herniated or slipped disk that causes pressure on the nerve root. Most people with sciatic nerve pain gets better on their own with time or self-care treatments.
The symptoms of sciatic nerve pain include:
- Moderate to severe lower back pain, buttock and down your leg.
- Weakness or numbness in your lower back, buttock, leg or feet.
- Loss of movement & Pain that worsens with movement.
- Feeling like “Pins and needles” in your feet, toes or legs.
- Loss of bowel and bladder control.
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Before seeing a healthcare professional, how long can I try self-care treatments for my lower back pain?
Everyone has their own tolerance & level of pain in lower back. The cause of the pain can be different, type of pain can be different & the intensity of pain is different. A more aggressive treatment may be tried first in some patients. It’s time to meet a healthcare professional and try other treatment options if a six-week trial of conservative, self-care treatments – like ice, heat, stretching, over-the-counter medicines – has not provided relief.
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Sciatic Nerve Treatment or Lower Back Pain Treatment
Initial treatments include some combination of medications, physical therapy, alternative therapies & therapeutic injections.
Within 4 to 6 weeks of nonsurgical treatment, acute sciatica usually gets better. Pain lasting over 8 weeks may require treatment which may take longer and may depend upon the underlying cause.