Click on this video to learn about Sciatica. The video on the right shows how Sciatica is diagnosed and how A Pattern Medical Clinic’s treatment options can help improve your quality of life.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg.
While a true injury to the sciatic nerve “sciatica” is actually rare, but the term “sciatica” is commonly used to describe any pain that originates in the lower back and radiates down the leg. People who have “sciatica” you experience mild to server pain anywhere along the path of the sciatic nerve. This condition can cause muscle weakness in your leg and foot, numbness in your leg and an unpleasant tingling pins-and-needles sensation in your leg, foot and toes.
People who are diagnosed with sciatica describe the pain in different ways, depending on its cause. Some people describe the pain as sharp, shooting, or jolts of pain. Others describe this pain as “burning,” “electric,” or “stabbing”.
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How do I know if I have Sciatica?
Many people with sciatica are made aware of the condition as a result of lower back pain that travels down to the buttock and shoots down the back of your leg. For some patients the pain might even reach all the way into the foot and toes.
The only way to know for sure is to visit one of A Pattern Medical’s doctors. However, if you experience the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may have sciatica.
- Pain that starts in your buttock and runs down your leg
- Weakness or numbness in your leg, foot, or toes
- Radiating pain that makes walking or standing difficult
- Burning sensations down your leg
What is the process for diagnosing Sciatica?
When you first meet with an A Pattern pain expert, they will discuss your symptoms with you. Tell your doctor how your pain feels, whether it’s burning or shooting, and how frequently it flares up. If there’s anything you can do to make it better, or if you know what’s making it worse, let your doctor know.
After gathering some background information on your pain, your doctor will conduct a physical examination, which will include checking your spine and observing you while you perform certain movements. You may need imaging, such as an X-ray or an MRI, to get a better picture of what’s going on inside your body. By the end of your visit, you should know if you have sciatica and what your treatment options are.
What treatments are available for my Sciatica?
Patients frequently try a variety of treatments to see which one works best for them. The following items may be included in your treatment plan:
- Physical therapy
- Pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication
- Heating pads
- Stretches or specialized exercises
- Taking short walks
- Steroid injections
- Muscle relaxants
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