Sciatica is a type of pain that originates at the lower back and travels down to the buttock and then moves down towards the end of the leg, and in some cases, the foot and toes are in pain as well. The pain usually travels from the back down to the buttocks, and then down to the back of the leg (calf or thigh).
Symptoms of Sciatica Pain
Symptoms of Sciatica and its pain levels can vary from severe to mild and are mostly described by health experts as a burning sensation, shooting, cramping, electric shock-like sensation in a similar pattern. Typically, only one side of the body is affected, and the pain can become worse with prolonged bending, sitting, twisting, sneezing, and coughing. Numbness is also associated with sciatica pain in a similar pattern.
Causes of Sciatica Pain
The word sciatica means “pain that originates from the sciatic nerve.” The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that extends from the lower back and goes down to the back of the leg. Sciatica isn’t a disorder, but rather, it is a pain symptom of some other underlying issues like neural or spinal foraminal stenosis, overgrowth or enlargement of the bone, a pinched nerve in the herniated disc or lower back, facet hypertrophy and bone spurs, causing the narrowing of the space where the nerve travels.
Diabetes, which can lead to nerve damage, causes the symptoms, as mentioned earlier, of sciatica pain. Also, a tumor can be the cause of this form of pain by pressing on the sciatic nerve.
Risk Factors Associated with Sciatica Pain
Lifestyle choices, health problems, and genetic factors like diabetes, history, and age are all considered risk factors of sciatica. Professions that require you to lift or carry heavy loads, twist your back might cause you to develop sciatica, and if you think you might have developed this pain, contact us now to help you resolve this pain.
Diagnosis of Sciatica
Sciatica pain management doctors typically diagnose sciatica by performing a physical examination, reviewing your medical history, and also basic muscle tests. Sciatica health experts might perform additional imaging tests like CT scans, X-rays, and MRIs if the pain lasts for a long time, or it is severe.
Treatment of Sciatic Pain
There are several treatments available for sciatica pain management, and these treatments can ensure your sciatica pain is effectively managed, they include;
- Physical Therapy
- Caudal Steroid Injection
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Neurostimulation Therapy
- Medication Management
- Pain Psychology
- Chiropractic Care
- Percutaneous Discectomy
Regenerative Medicine is safe, effective, ethical option or alternative to treating patients who suffer from sciatica pain. Schedule your complimentary consultation to speak with our Regenerative Medicine experts to learn how Regenerative Medicine has helped hundreds of our patients just like you get lasting pain relief.
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