Back pain doesn’t have to be debilitating to keep you from enjoying everyday life. Sciatica manifests itself in some easy-to-spot symptoms that can clue you and your doctor in on how to best manage your pain. To find out more about how to get the treatment you need for the back pain caused by sciatica, keep reading.
The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back and discomfort can occur at any point along the nerve pathway. Sciatica-related pain is generally located in the lower back, buttocks, and the backs of the legs, but in some cases pain may reach as far down as the calf, foot, and toes. Pain generally affects only one side of the body and may be worse while sitting for long periods of time or when rising from a sitting to standing position, as well as during sharp movements such as coughing or sneezing. The pain can be mild or excruciating, and may be accompanied by muscle weakness, tingling, or even numbness along any part of the lower back and leg. Additionally, if you experience loss of control of your bladder or bowels, see a doctor immediately for treatment.
There are a number of effective treatments for sciatica-related pain. Depending on the cause and severity of your pain, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help relieve pain by strengthening your muscles and improving posture and flexibility. Your doctor can also prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medication to help bring your condition under control. For more severe cases of sciatica and pain, treatments such as epidural injections of steroids or surgical solutions to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve may be most effective at achieving the pain relief you need.
See how a visit to the Pain Specialists of Orange County can help rid you of sciatica pain forever. To find out more about our three convenient locations in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine, visit us on the Web or call (888) 699-1334 today.