Have you ever stepped out of bed in the morning and had intense pain radiating down your leg? Or had lower back pain that won’t let up? These are symptoms of a condition called sciatica, and it can seriously diminish the quality of your life.
Even if you feel the pain in your leg, the issue is normally in your spine. This back pain can come and go, but there’s no reason to live with it. Learn more about this condition and how we can help it below. Let’s start by learning more about the sciatic nerve itself:
Your sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in your body. It starts in the spine of your lower back where it is made up of smaller roots that branch out and then converge to make the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve travels through an opening in the pelvis and then below the piriformis muscle. Portions of the sciatic nerve then branch out in each leg to innervate the thigh, calf, foot, and toes.
The size and complexity of this nerve means that nerve pain can have several causes. “Sciatica” isn’t a diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. Before we describe the condition, let’s learn more about the pain you may be feeling.