Sciatica Symptoms and Treatment
Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness or tingling
that originates in the sciatic nerve and extends from the lower back to the
buttocks and down the back of the legs. The pain can be mild or severe and is
usually caused by a herniated disk, spinal stenosis or a spinal fracture.
More about sciatica in our health encyclopedia.
Wake Forest Baptist spine specialists most often treat sciatica with
nonsurgical therapeutic methods like heat or ice packs or over-the-counter pain
relievers. They may also recommend that you avoid heavy lifting and strenuous
exercise temporarily to decrease pain and inflammation. Injections and/or
physical therapy may also be used depending on the intensity of your pain.
Request sciatica appointment online with a Wake Forest Baptist spine specialist.