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. Instead, 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 the pain.
While 40% of the population is affected by sciatica, only 10-15% require surgical procedures. The goal of surgery is to remedy the cause, so it is essential to involve back and spine specialists’ expertise. At KSF Orthopaedic Center, our certified doctors and pain management experts can help diagnose the compression’s underlying cause and develop a treatment course. They may test your range of motion, nerve function and check for an infection or broader source of concern.
Seek Professional Assistance
Call the 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 Hand and Physical Therapy Center in Houston can supervise exercises to strengthen the abdomen and improve the spine’s flexibility to reduce the shooting pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in the back and legs.