Back Pain

What is it?

Most causes of back pain involve strained muscles in the lower back.  Other causes include a slipped or herniated disc, arthritis, and osteoporosis.  Sciatica is irritation of the sciatic nerve which runs from the low back through the buttocks and down the back of the leg.  This irritation can be the result of pressure on the nerve by a herniated disc.  The main symptoms of sciatica are pain and numbness radiating down the leg.

What can I do at home to take care of it?

When should I seek medical attention?

          Loss of bladder control

          Numbness in leg or genital area

          Muscle weakness in legs

          Pain or weakness after a trauma such as a fall

          Pain that is not relieved with movement