Treating Sciatic Pain

September 8, 2021
The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Sciatica is a condition that can be agonizing.

The sciatic nerve branches from the lower back and is the largest nerve in the body. It controls the muscles in the back of the knee and lower leg.

According to Charles C. Edwards, II, M.D., Medical Director of The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy, sciatica is typically a product of aging.

"As we all get older, the discs in our back get shorter, and the discs can push on one of the nerves and that is the source of the pain numbness and weakness that goes down into your leg," Dr. Edwards said.

Discomfort can vary from a mild ache to excruciating pain. Physical therapy and cortisone injections can help, but if that doesn't work, Dr. Edwards noted that surgery to provide more space for the nerve is an option for some people.

To view Mercy spinal surgeon Dr. Charles Edward II’s interview regarding sciatica and its treatment, click here.

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