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Sciatica: What It Is, Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Q&A

Sciatica: What It Is, Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Q&A

Sciatica is a type of nerve pain caused by irritation or damage to the sciatic nerve. The most prevalent cause of it is a bulging or ruptured disk. Spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and back injuries are further causes. If your sciatica is causing significant pain, weakness, numbness, or loss of bladder or bowel function, visit Dr. Michael S. Slobasky, DO, DABPMR, and his caring staff at Global Neuro & Spine Institute. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.

Sciatica Treatment Near Me in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.
Sciatica Treatment Near Me in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.

Table of Contents:

What does sciatica feel like in the leg?
What are the types of sciatica?
What condition is confused with sciatica?
How do you fix sciatic nerve pain?

What does sciatica feel like in the leg?


Sciatica presents as pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling in the leg, which are sensations that result from pressure on or injury to the sciatic nerve. This condition is not a medical condition in itself but rather a symptomatic presentation of an underlying issue.

Depending on the cause of the sciatica, symptoms can present with different levels of severity. In some cases, the pain associated with sciatica is often described as a burning or shooting pain, which typically radiates down the leg on the affected side.

Triggers such as bending, lifting, coughing, or sneezing can exacerbate the pain due to increased pressure on the affected nerves. Individuals may also experience a tingling or pins and needles sensation, similar to the feeling when a limb falls asleep.

Numbness can occur as the signals from the back or leg have difficulty reaching the brain. In more severe cases, symptoms like muscle weakness occur when signals struggle to reach the legs, and in the most severe cases, fecal or urinary incontinence may occur when the nerves controlling the bowels or bladder are compromised.

Sciatica pain can always benefit from a consultation with specialists at a pain management clinic but when pain becomes unbearable or constant or occurs alongside additional symptoms this becomes essential.

What are the types of sciatica?


Sciatica can vary in its presentation from irritating and infrequent occurrences to severe and debilitating episodes, depending on the specific spinal nerve root that is irritated or compressed and how many nerve roots are affected.

There are several types of sciatica, typically distinguished by both their duration and presentation. Acute sciatica involves pain that lasts between four to eight weeks. Often, acute sciatica does not require medical treatment and can be managed independently.

Chronic sciatica lasts longer than eight weeks and does not subside with self-management, necessitating professional treatment. Alternating sciatica is a rare form of sciatica where nerve pain affects both legs alternately. Bilateral sciatica occurs when pain and symptoms manifest in both legs simultaneously, often due to degenerative changes in the disc or vertebrae.

What condition is confused with sciatica?


While the symptoms of sciatica are distinct, they can sometimes be confused with other conditions that cause leg pain. For instance, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which involves either too much or too little movement at the sacroiliac joints, can cause pain that radiates in a manner similar to sciatica.

Additionally, joint problems from spinal arthritis might present similarly to sciatica but are different in origin and require different treatment approaches.

Another condition, piriformis syndrome, occurs when the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve, causing similar pain, however, because this irritation does not originate from the lower back, it is technically not sciatica, though it presents similarly.

How do you fix sciatic nerve pain?


Addressing sciatic nerve pain effectively depends on accurately diagnosing the root cause of the pain, the type of sciatica, and the severity of its presentation.

It’s important to consult specialists, such as those at Global Neuro & Spine Institute, for a comprehensive diagnosis that includes a thorough review of symptoms, physical presentation, and medical history.

Treatments vary widely from simple home remedies like cold and hot packs, stretching, and over-the-counter pain medications for milder cases, to more involved interventions like physical therapies, and minimally invasive surgeries for more severe or chronic conditions.

Global Neuro & Spine Institute offers a wide range of cutting-edge interventional pain management techniques such as steroid injections, nerve blocks, and much more. Each treatment plan is typically customized to address the root cause of the condition and to provide swift and long-term symptomatic relief.

Sciatica treatment is available at Global Neuro & Spine Institute. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Orlando FL, Conway FL, Edgewood FL, Jensen Beach FL, Ocean Breeze FL, Rio FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Melbourne FL, Atlantis FL, Palm Springs FL, Boynton Beach FL, Fort Pierce FL, White City FL, St Lucie FL, Plantation FL, Pine Island Ridge FL, Lauderhill FL, Winter Park FL, Bertha FL, Alafaya FL and surrounding areas.

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