Chronic lower back or leg pain?
This could be sciatica and we’ve gone into detail about the causes and risk factors here, but what do you do when you feel you have this disorder? Further, what do you do when you’re diagnosed with it?
Before we get into what the steps are to manage sciatica pain, let’s recap what the symptoms are.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatica is pressure on the sciatic nerve that runs from your lumbar area (lower back) through the hips and buttocks, and down each leg. The variety of symptoms possibly felt are below, and if you experience leg pain, it will typically only be in one leg or the other, not both.
- Buttocks or leg pain, often getting worse for long periods of sitting
- Burning or tingling sensations radiating down the leg
- Leg and/or foot weakness and discomfort
- Constant pain on one side of the buttocks that doesn’t let up
- Shooting pains in the leg and/or buttocks
If you’re enduring any of these symptoms on a regular basis, sciatica may be the cause. Now, let’s find out what to do about it.
Managing Your Sciatica
The first step is definitely contacting us at Florida Pain Relief Group to speak with our doctors about your situation. You will need to give as much information as you can concerning your symptoms and tell them the first time you remember the pain becoming a constant nuisance. This will help the doctor determine a possible external cause for the pinched sciatic nerve.
Next, you and your doctor will decide on a treatment solution. We offer various minimally invasive procedures in addition to physical therapy to relieve pain and manage it moving forward.
Such treatments include:
We can treat your sciatica through steroid injections that relieve pain and inflammation. It is this inflammation that could be the cause of the pressure being applied to the sciatic nerve which is causing the pain in the first place.
You can expect near-immediate pain relief from the injections as the affected area is numbed while the inflammation is reduced. Sometimes all it takes is one injection to rectify the problem, but if more serious underlying causes such as degenerative disc disease or lumbar spinal stenosis are the cause, further treatments will need to be explored.
No matter the initial outcome, we are dedicated to your pain relief and ongoing pain management. It’s why we’re here. If you suspect you are suffering with sciatica, or already know you have it, contact us today to begin your journey to a healthier, happier tomorrow.