Sciatica is a painful condition that can restrict your normal life. Finding the root cause for the occurrence of sciatica pain is necessary to provide the right treatment.

Many people interpret sciatica pain as a simple low back pain. However, the condition is different from a regular ache in the lower back. The sciatic nerve is the main nerve transmitting sensory functions from the lower spine all the way down to the feet. Pain occurs when the nerve root at the end of the spinal canal becomes irritated. The pain caused by the sciatic nerve is therefore low back pain that radiates into the posterior part of the hip or the buttocks, down the leg and below the knee.

If you have any symptoms of sciatica pain, consult a qualified physician at a professional pain management center. A clinical diagnosis would be made only after a thorough evaluation of your medical history and a complete medical examination. You would be asked questions such as

  • when did the pain start
  • how long does it last
  • is it continuous, constant, or intermittent
  • where does the pain radiate
  • what are the characteristics of the pain - dull, throbbing, sharp, aching
  • does the pain follow a pattern
  • are there associated problems like stiffness or fever
  • is the pain worsened by physical activity

Once it is determined that your pain is due to the irritation of the sciatic nerve, an appropriate sciatica treatment program is formulated. If the pain persists even with treatment, an MRI may be necessary.

Effective Non-invasive Sciatica Treatments

A good percentage of people treat their sciatica pain without the need to undergo surgery. The revolutionary non surgical option, spinal decompression therapy can provide relief. Non-surgical spinal decompression, a form of traction that cycles through phases of distraction and relaxation, can reverse nerve impairment and mend the damaged spinal discs. Similarly physical therapy exercises can mobilize and strengthen the muscles, reduce pain, increase flexibility and improve function and resolve debilitating back pain. Other treatments which may be included in a sciatica treatment program include massage therapy, oral medication, and epidural steroid injections.

To benefit from the right diagnosis and treatment, make sure to approach an established health care facility with qualified professionals. The right healthcare center would focus on providing you with a customized treatment plan, carefully managed and supervised by experts in the field.

Sciatica pain and discomfort can impede your normal functioning and lifestyle. Finding the nature and cause of the pain and getting the timely and proper treatment can put you on the path to recovery.

Author's Bio: 

Igor Stiler is a medical consultant at HealthQuest, a multi-specialty health care medical center based in Brooklyn, NY. Sciatica is a symptom that originates mainly from the compression and/or irritation of one of the spinal nerve roots. HealthQuest offers effective relief from Sciatica pain and puts you on the path to health and wellbeing.