Sciatica Blog Posts

How a Lumbar Herniated Disc Causes Sciatica

Medical illustration of the lumbar vertebrae labeling the herniated disc.
Learn more about sciatica caused by a herniated disc and useful tips to prevent your symptoms.

You Have Options for Degenerative Disc Pain

Anterior view of a degenerated disc in the lumbar spine.
Pain from degenerative disc disease can be debilitating, but you have options. Exercise, over-the-counter pain medications, lifestyle changes, and surgery are all valid ways to control degenerative disc disease pain.

The Basics of Back Pain and Spinal Anatomy

Runner in the woods grabbing back in pain
For many people, having a clear understanding of the anatomical structures of the spine and how they can cause pain will help you have a better discussion with your doctor.

Is Piriformis Syndrome the Same Thing as Sciatica?

Doctor and patient having a discussion in an office.
Both piriformis syndrome and sciatica can cause back pain that travels down your leg. But their causes, typical symptoms, and treatment options differ widely.

3 Pointers for Traveling With Sciatica

A plane flying in the sky
Traveling with sciatica can cause your symptoms to aggravate or flare, making your overall experience less exciting. Here are 3 helpful tips to control or minimize your sciatica pain during your next long trip.

Epidural Steroid Injections vs. Exercise for Sciatic Pain Relief

Doctor consulting a senior female patient
Exercise is often advised for treating sciatica in the short term and to prevent recurrences. But some doctors may also recommend epidural steroid injections.

5 Tips to Relieve Sciatica Pain

Lower body showing sciatic nerve
Learn 5 tips that you may have not heard about before that may contribute to relieving your sciatica pain.

4 Commonly Overlooked Sciatica Remedies

Woman applying a hot pack to her upper back
If you have tried the common sciatica treatments and if your symptoms continue to bother you, try these 4 overlooked and effective remedies to relieve your sciatica pain.

6 Tips to Have a Productive Doctor’s Visit if You Have Sciatica

Close up illustration of the piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is labeled.
Use these 6 helpful tips to communicate your sciatica symptoms more effectively during your visit to the doctor.

2 Sciatica Symptoms That Require Immediate Medical Attention

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There are rare sciatica-related symptoms that may indicate a severe injury to your spinal nerve roots and/or your spinal cord. Read on to learn about two such symptoms that require immediate medical attention.