Sciatic nerve complications can lead to a variety of pain complaints that are typically not recognized as related to the sciatic nerve. If you are suffering from sciatica pain, it is important to consider how your body will be adversely affected and to prepare for those pain complications, especially in the calves and lower extremities.
Sciatica calf pain is a complication that we typically do not recognize as related to a sciatic nerve complication. If you have chronic and persistent calf pain, even if you do not have lower back pain, the complication could still be related to a sciatic nerve complication such as a sciatic notch pain complication. It is important, therefore, that your doctor evaluate your low back, and your sciatic nerve, if you are having chronic calf pain.
Because the sciatic nerve runs from the lower level of the spine, through the buttocks, and into the legs to the feet, it is not uncommon for pain to develop anywhere along this path as you struggle with a pinched nerve in the low back area. With pain receptors stemming along this entire nerve pathway, your sciatica calf pain may never be alleviated properly until the origin of the pain – at the sciatic level of the spine- is properly treated.
In most cases, your doctor can treat sciatica calf pain by making referral for active physical therapy and passive physical therapy, while prescribing medications that will help to improve nerve health. Over time, with rest and proper treatment, your sciatic nerve compression should be alleviated and your calf pain will ultimately improve as well. Unfortunately, many patients do not recognize their calf pain as related to a low back complication and this type of treatment and resolution can be delayed.
When suffering from sciatica calf pain, the risk may be related to a variety of sciatic nerve complications including sciatic notch pain. It is important that your calf pain be properly diagnosed and treated. To do this, never rule out the sciatic nerve complications that may be present and causing your calf pain to progress continually. Without proper diagnosis of the sciatic complication, you may find that your calf pain is never alleviated.
Sources: Peripheral Nerve Blocks, by Admir Hadzic