Understanding Sciatica…

Sciatica is characterized by shooting pain, from mild to immobilizing, radiating along the sciatic nerve, the longest single nerve in the body, extending from the lower spine through the buttocks and into the legs.

Causes of sciatica are multiple, however wear-and-tear on the spine due to patient’s age, obesity which can increase pressure on the lower back, and diabetes can increase a risk for this disorder. Mild cases of sciatica might require gentle exercises, use of pain-killers. Only if sciatica pain is uncontrolled, worsening or leads to symptoms of concern like bowel and bladder dysfunction or leg weakness will surgery be needed.