Sciatica is a term used to describe any condition that affects your sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and branches out and travels down both your legs.
Sciatica is a symptom of some condition that’s irritating this large nerve, resulting in mild to severe pain that, more often than not, radiates throughout your lower body.
The most common conditions that lead to sciatica are:
To determine the source of your pain, Dr. Bertram performs a full examination, often turning to advanced imaging, such as X-rays and MRIs, to pinpoint the origin of the pain.
Many behaviors or conditions put you more at risk of developing sciatica, including:
Acute injuries rarely cause sciatica, but instead comes on gradually, due to degenerative conditions in your spine that affect this large nerve.
While pain is the most noticeable symptom of sciatica, this pain often presents itself in varying degrees and locations, such as:
The nature of your pain or discomfort, as well as the location, go a long way toward guiding Dr. Bertram to the underlying cause.
Since sciatica is a symptom of something more significant at play, Dr. Bertram first works toward diagnosing the underlying problem. As a specialist in back pain, Dr. Bertram offers several effective treatments, which he tailors to your unique situation and goals.
If you want the freedom to move again without sciatic pain, call Martin Bertram, MD, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
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