Sciatica pain is caused when the sciatic nerve is irritated, pinched or compressed in the lower back. The most common cause is a herniated or bulging disc that applies pressure to the nerve root.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It is located on each side of your body. The sciatic nerve runs through the hips, buttocks and down a leg, ending just below the knee.
Sciatica pain varies widely from person to person. Some people describe the pain as a severe sharp or shooting “electric like” pain. While others describe it as a constant dull burning pain.
The pain may come and go and although the cause of the pain originates in the low back, the pain is felt primarily in one leg or the other.
When you are in pain getting the right treatment is what is most important. At the Cape Spine & Disc Center we specialize in designing a treatment program that focuses on your specific sciatic nerve condition. We offer various therapies specifically designed to relieve your sciatica pain non-invasively without the need for surgery or powerful addictive narcotics.
We will treat your sciatica utilizing the latest technology and treatment protocols that may include non-surgical spinal decompression, core strengthening, cold-laser therapy, and several other effect pain relieving therapies.
Our goal is to treat the source of your sciatic pain so you can once again experience pain free, restful nights of sleep and live a full and active lifestyle.
Pressure from vertebrae can cause the gel-like center of a disc to bulge or herniate through a weakness in its outer wall. When a herniated disc occurs to a vertebrae in the lower back, it can press on the sciatic nerve.
Degenerative disc disease is the natural wear down of the discs between vertebrae of the spine. The wearing down of the discs lowers their height causing the nerve passageways to become smaller. This can cause pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Spinal stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing reduces the available space for the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal stenosis can pinch the sciatic nerve as it leaves the spine.
The American College of Physicians strongly advises against the use of opioids to relieve back pain.