Sciatica Diagnosis & Treatment
Spine health is critical to your quality of life. The many causes of back pain include bulging discs, arthritis in the spine, or compression to the body’s largest nerve, the sciatic nerve. Radiating sciatic pain results from pressure or damage to the nerve and is not a stand-alone medical condition; rather it is a symptom of another medical problem that might require professional attention. From a mild ache to a burning sensation, sciatic pain most often occurs on one side of the body and ranges from intermittent to severe. Prolonged sitting, standing, lifting, twisting and even coughing, can worsen pain.
While 40% of the population is impacted in some way by sciatica, only 10-15% require surgical procedures. The goal of surgery is to remedy the cause, so it is important to involve the expertise of back and spine specialists. At KSF Orthopaedics our certified doctors and pain management experts can help diagnose the underlying cause of the compression and a course of treatment. They may test your range of motion, nerve function and check for an infection or wider source of concern.
Seek Professional Assistance
Call KSF professionals if self-care measures fail and the pain or symptoms last longer than a week or get progressively worse. Our doctors may recommend an on-site MRI scan or an injection to reduce inflammation. Trained therapists in our 10,000-sq-ft. Hand and Physical Therapy Center in Houston can supervise exercises to strengthen the abdomen and improve the flexibility of the spine to often reduce the shooting pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the back and legs.