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Sciatica - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by irritation of the nerve roots in the lower and lumbarsacral spine. The nerve roots may be pinched by the narrowing of their pathway, also known as foraminal stenosis, which irritates the nerves and causes the pain.

Sciatica may only affect one side of the body, usually in the legs and buttocks. The pain will radiate down the thigh and into the legs and feet or toes depending on the specific location of the irritation that is causing the sciatica. Numbness in the feet or toes is common in more severe cases and is commonly described as a tingling sensation in the feet or toes such as when your foot "falls asleep".

Pain from sciatica can be sporadic and mildly discomforting or for some it is described as debilitating, even affecting bowel and bladder function in severe cases.

sciatica is pain the lower back and legs or tingling in the toes is sciatic pain

Common causes of sciatica include:

    Lumbar spinal stenosis (pinched nerve from foraminal narrowing in lower back)
    Degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs or the shock absorbers in your back)


  • Pain in the buttocks or in the leg that may get worse when sitting
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Constant pain on one side of the rear
  • Shooting pain down leg

Dr. Deukmedjian Discusses Causes of Back Pain:


Traditionally treated with invasive surgery of the spine, now the best treatment for sciatica pain in minimally invasive disc repair, or Deuk Laser Disc Repair® available at Deuk Spine Institute. In fact, Deuk Spine Institute's proprietary method uses an endoscope to see and repair the problem up close, needed a very small quarter inch incision to do so. Unlike other methods that call for cutting bone and weakening the spine, or large surgical incisions that can lead to painful scarring, the Deuk endoscopic method can repair your sciatica and minimize recovery time, in some cases to less than a week! No hospital stay is required, and the surgery is done on-site to keep hassle to a minimum for our valued patients.

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