The symptoms of sciatica range from mild aching to sharp, burning pain that can greatly interfere with your day-to-day activities. If you experience symptoms of sciatica, the pain management experts at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, in Dublin, Ohio, offer effective, personalized treatment. To speak with a doctor about your sciatica pain, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
The sciatic nerve is the largest in your body. It runs from your lower back, down the back of each of your legs to your toes. Sciatica refers to pain that runs along this nerve.
The symptoms of sciatica can be severe. Burning, shooting, or electric-like pain that radiates from your lower back down the back of your legs to the feet is a tell-tale sign of sciatica.
For some patients, symptoms of sciatica are mild and tolerable, while others experience sharp, jolting pain. The symptoms of sciatica often worsen when coughing, sneezing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Sciatica results from a pinched sciatic nerve; issues like bone spurs and herniated discs are a common cause of sciatica.
A bone spur is an abnormal overgrowth of bone that develops in areas of inflammation and degeneration near your joints and tendons. When a bone spur develops near the sciatic nerve, it can compress the nerve, resulting in sciatica.
A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like fluid inside the discs in your spine is pushed out and into the spinal canal. When a herniated disc occurs near the sciatic nerve, it can result in sciatica pain.
In addition to bone spurs and herniated discs, there are a number of factors that increase your risk for sciatica pain, including:
Degenerative changes to your spine can occur as a result of age and excess body weight. Jobs that require twisting, heavy lifting, and prolonged periods of sitting also increase your risk for the condition.
In most cases, non-surgical methods can effectively resolve sciatica. Spine Care Specialists, LLC, helps patients determine the severity of their condition and the right treatment for effective relief.
To diagnose your condition, your doctor begins with a physical exam. They check your muscle strength, reflexes, and may require you to perform certain movements known to trigger sciatica pain.
The next step in your diagnosis is imaging tests. Imaging tests like X-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, and electromyography help your doctor identify any abnormalities (like a herniated disc or bone spur) to your spine and nerves.
Once you have a sciatica diagnosis, your doctor works with you to determine the right solution. A proper diagnosis is essential to effectively treating your sciatica.
If your pain is mild, your doctor instructs you on several self-care options you can use to relieve your condition. Cold packs, hot packs, stretching, and over-the-counter painkillers are often effective for mild sciatica.
If your condition is more advanced, your doctor develops a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your condition, your treatment plan may include:
Spine Care Specialists, LLC, also offers referrals for physical therapists and other specialist care providers based on the individual patient’s needs. To speak with a doctor about your sciatica pain, call the office today or book an appointment online.