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Sciatica

Sciatica can be a persistent and debilitating condition that significantly impacts one’s quality of life. At Spine Team Texas, we’re dedicated to providing authoritative, professional care for those suffering from back and leg pain associated with sciatica. On this page, you’ll find comprehensive information about sciatica symptoms, who it impacts, available treatments, and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you’re experiencing sciatica pain, it’s time to begin your journey to experiencing relief. To receive a medical diagnosis and treatment specific to your needs, reach out to our team of spine care experts today.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body and can vary in severity from irritating to incapacitating.

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

The symptoms of sciatica are primarily characterized by:

  • Pain that extends from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg, which can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation, or excruciating discomfort
  • Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot
  • Pain that worsens with movement, such as when standing up or sitting down
  • Difficulty moving the foot or leg

Who does Sciatica Impact?

Sciatica can affect individuals of any age, but it’s more prevalent among adults in their forties and fifties. Additional factors that may increase your risk of sciatica include:

  • Age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated discs or bone spurs
  • Obesity, which can stress your spine
  • Occupations that require heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, or twisting your back
  • A sedentary lifestyle

What are the Treatment Options for Sciatica Pain?

At Spine Team Texas, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to address the individual needs of our patients with sciatica pain, including:

  • Physical therapy and exercise: Often the first line of treatment, aiming to strengthen the muscles supporting the spine
  • Medications: Such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or in more severe cases, prescription pain relief
  • Steroid injections: To reduce inflammation and allow your body to heal
  • Surgery: Recommended only in cases where the compressed nerve causes significant weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control, or when pain progressively worsens
  • Our team of spinal care experts is committed to providing a holistic approach to sciatica treatment, including evidence-based therapies and personalized care plans.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sciatica

Q: Can sciatica go away on its own?
A: While sciatica can often improve with self-care measures, such as exercise and proper posture, some situations may require professional treatment.

Q: How long does an episode of sciatica last?
A: Acute sciatica attacks can last from a few days to a few weeks, with most people recovering within a month. However, some may experience chronic sciatica that persists for longer periods.

Q: Is walking good for sciatica?
A: Walking can be beneficial for sciatica as it promotes the release of endorphins into your body, reducing pain naturally, and improves spinal flexibility.

If you have any additional questions or if you wish to schedule an appointment to address your sciatica symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of spine care experts is here to guide you towards a pain-free life.

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