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How Do I Know if I Have Sciatica?

The symptoms of sciatica affect the back, buttocks, hip and leg areas. Pain can be anywhere from mild to severe, and people may experience numbness in the legs or “pins and needles.”

Most describe radicular pain as a sharp or burning pain that travels down the leg. It is possible for that pain to begin in the low back. Keeping a record of how you’re experiencing pain can help to determine where it is originating from and which nerves are being compressed.

It is common to experience sciatica after an injury, and pain can be experienced while performing daily activities, walking, and even while sitting. Common sensations can also include:

  • A burning sensation
  • Numbness in the feet and legs
  • Weakness in the muscles

What is the Right Sciatica Treatment for Me?

Dr. Q’s recommended treatment for sciatica, or lumbar radiculopathy, can vary depending on the patient’s health, age, and the severity of symptoms.

In many cases, the first approach is conservative management of your condition, including plenty of rest combined with applying hot or cold compresses and low-impact exercise like walking or yoga. Steroid injections or anti-inflammatory medication may also help your condition.

Dr. Q may recommend surgical treatment if symptoms are severe and more conservative approaches do not provide you with enough relief.

Surgical treatments may include microendosopic discectomy, in which a portion of the herniated disc is removed to relieve pressure on the nerve and help with pain.

If you’d like to talk with us about possible treatments for your condition, or if your symptoms worsen after conservative treatment, make an appointment for a free consultation with Q Spine Institute today. We look forward to helping you!

Sciatica Quick Facts

Common Symptoms:

  • Pain, tingling, and numbness in the lower back
  • Radiating pain in your buttocks, legs, or feet
  • Difficulty walking or sitting down for long periods of time

Common Causes:

  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Spinal bone spurs
  • Pinched nerve
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Spinal tumors

No. 1 Symptom: intense, radiating leg pain

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