Sciatica Diagnosis & Treatment

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Diagnosing and Treating Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

Have you ever stepped out of bed in the morning and had intense pain radiating down your leg? Or had lower back pain that won’t let up? These are symptoms describe sciatica, and it can seriously diminish the quality of your life. Even if you feel the pain in your leg, the issue is normally in your spine. The pain can come and go, but there’s no reason to live with it if it disrupts your life.

Your sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in your body. It starts in the spine of your lower back where it is made up of smaller roots that branch out and then converge to make the sciatic nerve. The size and complexity of this nerve means that nerve pain can have several causes.

Facts About Sciatica

1. Sciatica refers to a set of symptoms
Sciatica is not a condition or diagnosis. The term refers to a number of symptoms which help lead to a diagnosis. The most common of these symptoms is leg pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. These symptoms usually affect one leg at a time.

2. Sciatica is well-known, but rare
Many conditions can present the cluster of symptoms that is sciatica. The symptoms of leg pain, tingling, and weakness can be mimicked by piriformis syndrome, hip osteoarthritis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

3. Treating Sciatica Depends on the Underlying Condition
The variety of conditions that can cause sciatic pain makes it essential to accurately diagnose the underlying cause before beginning treatment. Depending on whether sciatica is caused by muscle tightness, disc degeneration, or an anomaly of the hips or spine, the treatment could include physical therapy or interventional pain management.

4. Sciatica Usually Responds Well to Treatment
Once the underlying condition is identified, the symptoms usually react favorably to medical treatment without long-term complications. In some cases simple therapy, rest, and rehabilitation will provide long-term relief. In cases of extreme pain, minimally-invasive treatments can help allay severe weakness or numbness.

5. Exercise is Better than Rest
Pain, numbness, and discomfort in your back, hips, and legs may make you inclined to recline – to rest until you feel better. In the cases of sciatica, experts recommend following a structured exercise routine to manage the symptoms and prevent them from returning. Exercise can help correct imbalances and keep joints and spinal discs nourished and flexible.

SpineOne Has Helped Thousands of Denver Residents Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain

Diagnosing, informing, and treating sciatic pain is one of the most common ways our physicians help their patients. With how active and diverse Denver’s residents are, sciatic pain, or one of the symptoms that mimics it, is among the main reasons patients seek us out. Through physical therapy and minimally-invasive pain management techniques, SpineOne offers the full complement of specialties to address, relieve, and prevent sciatic pain.

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Can I Talk to a Doctor About Sciatica?

Yes you can! SpineOne has specialists available with same day appointments.

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