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Sciatica is not a spinal disease or disorder but a term used to describe a group of symptoms caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back, travels downward, and branches off behind the hip joint, through the buttocks, thighs, past the knees, and into each foot.
Classic sciatica may involve these symptoms:
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Sudden pain or pain that is severe, or that becomes chronic or progressive, requires evaluation by your doctor. Perhaps your doctor has already diagnosed your sciatica symptoms as caused by wear and tear or a degenerative disorder. If that is the case, he will want to know about any new symptoms, especially weakness, balance or walking difficulties, or bladder or bowel dysfunction.
Your doctor collects and compares information gathered while talking with you about your medical history and past and existing symptoms. A physical and neurological examination looks for limitations of movement, balance difficulties, and what exacerbates and relieves pain. During the exam he tests your reflexes, muscle strength, sensations, or other signs of neurologic loss. Your doctor may order imaging studies such as plain x-ray, CT, or MRI to study and confirm you diagnosis to direct your treatment plan.
Sciatica seldom requires surgical intervention. Usually, one or more non-surgical treatments are very effective at relieving symptoms. These include: