Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve has become compressed due to another underlying spinal condition. Due to the location of the sciatic nerve, sciatica only affects the lower back. Symptoms may present in the buttocks, down the legs, and into the feet.


How Do I Know if I Have Sciatica?

Symptoms of sciatica are usually only felt in one leg. Although rare, symptoms can present in both legs. Symptoms generally worsen when the patient is sitting. Common sciatica symptoms include pain that radiates through the buttock, down the back of the thigh, through the calf, and into the foot. Other sciatica symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pins and needles sensations. If sciatica is allowed to progress without treatment, muscular weakness and a loss of leg function may begin to appear.

Tingling or numbness in the arms and legs can sometimes indicate an advanced orthopedic condition.

Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from sciatica? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Conservative sciatica treatment is usually successful and involves treating the underlying condition causing the sciatic nerve compression. Treatment may include anti-inflammatory medication, stretches and exercises, heat and ice therapy, and physical therapy. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.

OLSS provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating sciatica we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.

The real question is: What treatment is best to treat your sciatica? Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.