​Those minor aches and pains could become serious conditions such as sciatica. Here’s what you need to know about sciatica.

Many people ignore their lower back pain as just everyday aches and pains. However, what seems like simple back pain could actually be a deeper issue, such as sciatica. Here are a few things you need to know about sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?

Spine with red shade on sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body that runs from your lower back through the buttocks and down your legs. Because the sciatic nerve is the longest in your body, it is also the most susceptible to injury. Sciatica occurs when a back injury such as a herniated disc or bone spur pinches the sciatic nerve. Although the occurrence is rare, diabetes and tumors can also result in nerve damage and sciatica.

What Will I Feel?

Woman holding lower back from sciatic nerve pain shaded in red

Symptoms of sciatica vary from patient to patient. However, the following are a few common sciatica symptoms.

  • Pain along one side of your body
  • Numbness and weakness in your legs
  • Irritability of the bladder and bowels
  • Inflammation and pain in the back, hips, buttocks and legs

When Does Sciatica Clear?

Chiropractor looking at x-ray of a spine

If treated through chiropractic care or medical services sciatica can heal in as little as two weeks. However, if left untreated, sciatica pain can last over a year and may eventually require surgery. The following are a few of the treatment options offered at Scott Medical Health Center.

  • Adjustments
  • Massage
  • Pain Management
  • Rehabilitation

Do you experience lower back pain? Have you ever been treated for sciatica? Tell us about it in a comment below!