Sciatica Specialist

LAVI Spine & Orthopaedic Medical Centers

Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in Greater Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, CA

Sciatica can be a painful and troublesome injury. Patients in Sherman Oaks, Rancho Cucamonga, Downey, and Arcadia area who are suffering from sciatica are encouraged to visit Dr. Lavi for pain relief options.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve begins in the low back and runs through the back of the thighs, buttocks, and knees until it reaches the feet. Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve is compressed and pinched. It is responsible for supplying feeling in the legs. This is why any damage done to the sciatic nerve will cause pain or numbness in the lower extremities. Pinching of this nerve can also cause weakness in the legs, making it difficult to stand without needing rest when the nerve is irritated.

What are the symptoms?

Sciatica usually only affects one side of the lower body. This type of pain will begin by radiating from the lower back and then moves down the back of the thigh and into the leg. Symptoms can intensify during sudden movements or when changing positions. Some combination of the following symptoms is most common:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg, but rarely on both sides
  • Pain originating in the low back or buttock and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve
  • Pain that worsens when standing or sitting
  • Sharp, searing pain rather than a dull sensation.
  • Weakness or numbness when moving the leg or foot
  • Lower back pain that
  • Difficulty standing, sitting, or walking
  • Shooting pains from the buttocks downward through the feet
  • Tingling and numbness in the buttocks, legs, or feet
  • Pain or spasms while coughing or sneezing
  • Pain and other symptoms in the toes, depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected

How is it treated?

Pain from sciatica causes the muscles to spasm, it will decrease mobility, and add to the pressure that the nerve is under. A proper examination will be used to determine what level your sciatic pain is coming from. Treatment for sciatica will depend on what is causing the nerve irritation. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy, injections of medicines such as steroids, stronger medicines such as muscles relaxants or opiates, or even surgery for severe cases.