Sciatica is defined as pain along the course of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates in the low back and travels down your back and buttock, then the back of the legs to your feet.
The symptoms of sciatica can be low back pain, leg pain, numbness or tingling, abnormal sensations, or weakness in the legs/feet....and yes pain in the buttocks.
Sciatica occurs from physical pressure on the sciatic nerve or nerve roots (radiculopathy) that form the sciatic nerve-that exit from in between your lumbar vertebrae. The primary cause of sciatica is a herniated lumbar disc or a bulging lumbar disc. Degenerative disc disease (DDD), or spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis) can also lead to sciatica by causing a condition called spinal stenosis...which can result in sciatic nerve pain.
There is also a muscle in the buttocks called the Piriformis muscle that the sciatic nerve courses through. If the Piriformis muscle spasms or inflames...as it does with truck drivers sometimes (that have thick wallets), it can cause a sciatica. This is called Piriformis Syndrome. Sciatica can get really bad...and it can become chronic...though most cases don' t.
Anyway...there are many forms of treatments. My favorite of course is chiropractic care which works wonders for sciatica. If chiropractic does not deliver results...say because there is a persistent lumbar disc herniation...than we consider nonsurgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.
We have been treating lumbar neurovascular compression syndromes such as herniated discs, bulging discs, and lumbar stenosis at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Centers for over 4 years now with great success. Surgery and drugs are no longer the only options.
Anyway...check out this very informative article from the excellent www.spine-health.com website entitled:
What you need to know about Sciatica (sciatica causes, sciatica treatments, sciatica surgery, sciatica symptoms). It' s good to see a medical website include spinal decompression and chiropractic as treatment options.