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Managing The Pain Of Sciatica

Pain that is caused by the sciatic nerve and that carries messages from the brain to the spinal cord and to the legs is termed Sciatica. The pain of sciatica normally radiates down one side from the lower back into the leg, often below the knee. 

What causes sciatica?

Bulging from a herniated disc in the lower back is the most common cause of Sciatica. Human discs are tire-like structures that sit between the bones of our spine. A tear in the outer rim of the disc due to routine pressure on the lower back can cause the jelly-like inner material to come out and pinch or inflame the nearby nerve. This condition is called Sciatica and is most common in people of age 30 to 50.

How do you know if it is sciatica?

The key to diagnosing sciatica is by evaluating the history of the patient’s health and a focused exam. Sciatica symptoms worsen with sitting or coughing and may be also accompanied by numbness or tingling in the leg. A physical exam confirms the involvement of the sciatic nerve in the pain. 

An imaging test such as a back MRI can be useful and help guide a decision for early surgery if there is muscle weakness or diminished reflexes in the involved leg.

Depending on its cause, Sciatica pain can be described in different ways. Sometimes it’s sharp, shooting, or jolts of pain, but some people also explain it as burning, electric, or stabbing.

The pain may come and go or may be constant and is usually more severe in the leg compared to the lower back. The pain may feel worse while sitting or standing for long periods of time. A forced and sudden body movement, like a cough or sneeze, can also make the pain worse.

Consult our specialists to treat sciatica and manage pain

Every person with sciatic pain is different. Similarly, the type of pain can be different, the intensity of pain can vary and so, the cause of the pain too. Our special treatment focuses on controlling pain and keeping people as active as possible. Depending on the preliminary tests and physical exam, imaging and other tests might be recommended to the patient as needed. The ultimate goal of treatment is to decrease pain and increase mobility.

Maintaining a good posture, physical activeness, and dietary habits, can all go a long way in protecting your spine and disc. When in pain and doubt of sciatica symptoms, it is always advisable to resort to immediate consultation. 


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