The sciatic nerve is located in the lower back with branches that reach the hips, buttocks, and down the legs. Sciatica is the term that describes nerve pain that occurs along the leg usually on one side of the body. This type of pain can be caused by bony spurs or narrowing of the spine in the lower back where the sciatic nerve is located. The pain can radiate to the foot. It often is described as a tingling or burning sensation.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin) may help reduce pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol (Soma) help minimize pain from muscle spasms; although it can cause sleepiness and dizziness. Corticosteroids can help reduce inflammation and swelling. These are prescribed in tablet form or as a shot in the lower back.