Understanding and Managing Sciatica

Spine Surgery of Idaho Can Diagnose and Treat Your Sciatica

Do you have pain, numbness or tingling down the back of your leg? Does the pain worsen when you sit for long periods of time? You could be experiencing sciatica.

The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and runs down the back of each leg. Pain occurs when there is pressure or injury to the sciatic nerve. For most people, sciatic pain is an occasional problem that can be managed with noninvasive treatments. For others, sciatic pain can be severe and debilitating. Determining the cause is an important step in effectively managing your pain.

Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Trauma or irritation to the lumbar and lumbosacral spine area (an injury to your lower back)
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back, which puts pressure on the nerves)
  • Degenerative disc disease (a breakdown of the discs or cushions between the vertebrae in your spinal column)
  • Spondylolisthesis (when one of the vertebrae in your back slips out of alignment and pinches the nerves)
  • Pregnancy, which can put pressure on the lower back and sciatic nerve

It’s time to make an appointment with your doctor when:

  • You’re unable to relieve the pain with at-home treatments like stretching, exercise and over-the-counter pain medication
  • The pain and related symptoms continue to get worse
  • Your daily routine, family life and job suffer as a result of the pain
  • You’re unable to do the things you normally do
  • The pain starts after an injury, like a fall from a ladder or an auto accident

It’s important to immediately seek medical care if:

  • The pain comes on very quickly and is not due to an injury
  • The pain becomes severe, causing numbness or weakness in your leg
  • You lose feeling in your leg, or you’re unable to lift your foot
  • You have difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder

Don’t let the pain of sciatica stop you from doing the things you enjoy. Dr. Marano has been providing a full range of spinal care treatment options for the past three decades. He’ll conduct a thorough examination to identify the cause of your pain and will recommend treatment options – starting with the least invasive option first. His number-one goal is to address your specific issues and needs.

Dr. Marano and his staff bring a high level of expertise and experience to the care of each and every patient seen at Spine Surgery of Idaho. If you’re in the Idaho Falls area and you’ve been experiencing back pain, we encourage you to make an appointment today. You can call 208-522-6930 to schedule your appointment, or use our convenient online request form.