Sciatica Treatment in San Leandro
The sciatic nerves exit the spinal column in the lumbar spine and travel down the pelvic area into the legs. These are the largest and longest nerves in the body, providing nerve function to the buttocks, legs and feet. When the sciatic nerves are compressed or irritated by bone or tissue, they can radiate pain and other sensations down from the lower back into the legs, a combination of symptoms referred to as sciatica. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we provide sciatica treatment in San Leandro, CA, at our South Bay area clinic.
Sciatica symptoms can affect the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet, depending on the severity and location of compression. In most cases, only one side of the body is affected as the sciatic nerves exit the spine from separate spaces. Some of the possible symptoms include:
- Pain in the lower back
- Pain shooting down the buttocks into the leg
- Numbness or tingling radiating down into one leg
- Weakness in the hip or leg
- Burning sensation shooting down one leg
Sciatica episodes can occur intermittently. Depending on the cause, symptoms may be worse when standing up after sitting or lying down.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica is not a condition but a description of symptoms. There are multiple conditions that can result in sciatica symptoms. Nerve irritation or compression often occurs where the sciatic nerves exit the spinal column. The roots of the nerves may be compromised by the following conditions:
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Vertebrae fractures
Finding the source of nerve compression is not always simple. In many cases, the compression may come and go. Some individuals may have worsening sciatica symptoms due to weight gain and other factors that add to pressure on the sciatic nerves in the lower back.
Sciatica Symptom Relief
Treatment for the underlying condition causing sciatica symptoms can offer relief. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we provide advanced diagnostic testing and imaging to pinpoint the cause of sciatica. Treatments to relieve a pinched sciatic nerve may include a multitude of modalities including injections, physical therapy, chiropractic care and in severe cases, minimally invasive spinal surgery.
If you have sciatic symptoms, get the relief you desire with a visit to Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Contact our office in San Leandro, CA, to schedule your sciatica consultation.