Written by, Josh Suderman, MD
Sciatic nerve pain is often referred to as “sciatica” and generally means pain beginning in the back and running down the leg. This is commonly due to problems in your spine irritating the nerves in your back that travel into your leg. These nerves normally control sensation and strength in the leg, but when they are irritated by conditions such as arthritis, including wearing down of the joints or bulging of the discs in your spine, these nerves can cause pain in your leg. The “sciatic nerve” is actually made up of multiple nerves that start in your back and join together to form a larger nerve that runs down the back of your leg. When any of these nerves are irritated by problems in your back you may experience pain traveling into your leg. The team of providers at the Javery Pain Institute will assess your symptoms, determine if any testing is needed then make an individualized plan to treat this common condition, including the use of injection procedures, medications, and physical therapy to improve pain arising from your sciatic nerve in order to improve your function and get your life back!