Sciatica is typically one-sided pain that travels along the sciatic nerve, radiating from the lower back down the buttock and leg.

SYMPTOMS

In most cases, sciatica only affects one side of the body.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain that radiates down one leg
  • One-sided muscle weakness and numbness
  • Mild, excruciating, aching, or sharp sensation

WHAT’S CAUSING YOUR SCIATICA?

Sciatica develops when an area of the nerve becomes pinched.

This can be due to a number of factors, including:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Damage from diabetes (rare)
  • Herniated disc
  • Tumor (rare)

DID YOU KNOW?

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It branches out from the lower back and extends down the hips, buttocks, and legs. It is responsible for connecting the spinal cord with the muscles in the legs and feet.

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THE DIAGNOSIS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Step 1: Exam

The first step in diagnosing the cause of your sciatica is a full examination. During this process, we will test for muscle strength and reflexes, as well as assess movements that trigger your sciatica.

Step 2: Imaging tests

If we suspect a herniated disc or bone spur, we will order an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, an MRI or CT scan may also be required to visualize the soft tissues in the area.

OUR TREATMENT APPROACH

Treatment for sciatica is complex and depends on the underlying cause of your pain.

In most cases, your treatment will involve a custom blend of the following approaches:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care

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