If the simple act of reaching for something sends shooting pains down the back of your leg, odds are you have sciatica. This painful condition can have a far-reaching effect on your ability to function normally, which makes medical intervention critical. To get the best care, trust board-certified physiatrist Daniel Nemeth, MD, and the team at Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC serving the Charleston community in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,. They have an arsenal of treatment tools to relieve your sciatica pain. To learn more, call to book an appointment today.
Sciatica is a term used to describe compression or irritation of your sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve starts in your low back, divides, and travels down either buttock and leg to your feet.
Sciatica occurs when your sciatic nerve is compromised, which usually happens in your low back. This compromise typically stems from:
Far and away, the most common driver behind sciatica is a problem with the discs between your vertebrae. These discs wear down and become more brittle as you age. As a result, the discs may rupture or pinch, which irritates the nerves in the surrounding area (in this case, your sciatic nerve).
Since sciatica describes the pain caused by the irritation of your sciatic nerve, it follows that pain is the main symptom of the condition. This pain is typically felt on one side of your body and may travel down one buttock and leg, and even reach your foot. The pain can be constant or only result from certain movements.
In addition to pain, other common sciatica symptoms include:
Again, these symptoms are usually felt on one side of your body, usually through the back of your leg.
At Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC, Dr. Nemeth specializes in treating sciatica and offers a number of different therapies depending on the origin of your sciatica and your goals. After a thorough examination, including advanced imaging, he chooses from one or a combination of the following:
These treatments are usually accompanied by at-home exercises and lifestyle recommendations that can have a big impact on your outcome. Rest assured that Dr. Nemeth at Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC works with you, using the most advanced treatments available, until you find relief.
If you want relief from sciatica pain, let Dr. Nemeth at Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC help. Call to schedule an appointment.