What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Are you experiencing pain that radiates along your sciatic nerve? Have you come to realize that the pain and discomfort isn’t going away? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be suffering from sciatica. Sciatica is a result of nerve compression from spinal stenosis, a bone spur on the spine, or a herniated disk. The most common symptoms of this ailment include:

Lower back pain
  • Severe pain in the lower back, buttock, calf, and thigh. 
  • Burning sensation along the nerve pathway. 
  • Tingling.
  • Muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. 

On the plus side, most people can address their sciatica with non-operative treatment. This allows them to find relief without a surgical procedure and a long recovery period. However, depending on the severity and cause, there may come a point when surgery is the best option.If you’re experiencing any symptoms of sciatica, consult with a specialist. Through a variety of tests, such as an MRI and CT scan, your medical team can determine if you have sciatica and the best treatment strategy. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.