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Sciatica Can Cause Severe Low Back Pain

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The cause of severe low back pain may be sciatica
One common cause of severe low back pain is sciatica. The sciatic nerve is one the larger neural structures in the body. The sciatic nerve starts at the low back region and runs through the buttock and down the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve controls many muscles of the lower leg and also passes sensory information to the brain. When the sciatic nerve becomes irritated and inflamed it results in sciatica.

The most common symptoms of sciatica are:

  • Pain in the low back which may radiate down the back of your leg and buttock.
  • Pain that is described from the buttock to the foot.
  • The patient may present with numbness and/or weakness in the lower extremity

Sciatica normally only affects one side of the lower leg. Many times it also affects the lower back and the intensity can be severe and very debilitating. JOI Rehab has a dedicated spine center with specially trained spinal clinicians that have a vast array of rehab options. First, laser and massage can help calm down the acute pain. Next, when the pain is controlled, advancement with functional mobilization and core strengthening will be implemented. The final phase will be to teach you an effective home program to manage on your own.

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