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Sciatica

Constant lower back pain that burns all the way through the hips down into the leg is an everyday annoyance for millions of Americans. This type of pain is usually a symptom of sciatica, which is an agitation of the sciatic nerve. But with proper treatment, your sciatic nerve pain can be reduced.

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica is characterized by an agitation of the sciatic nerve.

Symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the back of the leg
  • Hip pain
  • Burning sensation down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness of the leg

Although the sciatic nerve stretches down each of your legs, usually you’ll only feel the pain on one side of the body. In most cases, people with sciatica will feel it in the lower back, hip, and leg all at the same time.

Some patients may also feel pain, numbness, or tingling in the feet or toes, depending on where the sciatic nerve was agitated.

While some patients experience severe, debilitating pain, others who only have minor sciatica should still get treated. Minor sciatica has the potential to worsen over time if left unchecked.

What causes sciatica?

Treatment for Sciatica Boynton Beach, FLSciatica is present when the roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine are agitated. However, there are some other causes of sciatica, including:

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasm

If you’re overweight or not getting enough exercise, your sciatica has the potential to worsen. If you want to prevent yourself from getting sciatica, you should sleep on a firm mattress, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight.

How is sciatica treated?

Dr. Schrier will begin by taking your medical history and performing a physical examination of your body. He may also perform a series of manipulations on your spine to realign your musculoskeletal system, depending on your condition.

You can also sit on a heating pad for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours, or take a warm shower to alleviate pain. Avoid sitting for extended periods of time, and alternate lying down along with short walks to keep the muscle loose.

If you or a loved one are suffering from sciatica in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach or any city in Palm Beach County, call us today at (561) 445-2648 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Elan Schrier.