The term “sciatica” refers to a form of radiculopathy caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, one of the largest nerves in the human body. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and travels past the hip joint and buttocks and down the back of each leg, eventually ending at each foot. The sciatic nerve essentially starts at the lower back and splits into two parts, down both the legs.
The sciatic nerve also has nerve roots that provide sensations and mobility to other parts of the buttocks and legs. When the sciatic nerve or its nerve roots are pinched or compressed while leaving the spinal canal, you experience the symptoms of sciatica. The pain originates at the lower back and radiates down one or both legs, depending on the affected nerves. Sciatica may occur because of bone spurs, fractures, disc herniation, and other spinal problems. Dr. Kakoulides curates a personalized sciatica treatment in Long Island plan based on your underlying medical conditions and the root cause.