October 26, 2016

Irritation of the sciatica, or the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body), can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both legs. During normal aging, the degeneration and rupture of a lumbar disc can cause sciatica. Minor sciatica often disappears over time and it rarely causes permanent nerve damage. However, if symptoms include loss of bladder or bowel control, seek medical attention immediately. If symptoms persist, or worsen, or if they arise after a sudden injury, surgical treatment may be necessary. Non­surgical treatments can include anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.