When a person has a sciatic nerve condition, the sciatic nerve is being compressed as a result of another condition. Pain is often felt in the lower back but can radiate down through the buttocks into the legs and feet. With the support of a knowledgeable and experienced orthopedic doctor, preventing sciatica is possible.
What Are The Symptoms?
In most cases the pain is often noticed in only one leg or side but some patients have reported pain in both which is less common. If a patient is sitting the pain can often intensify. A patient who suffers from sciatica will usually feel pain that is located in the buttocks, down to the leg and foot. This feeling can be described as a tingling or pins and needles. Without receiving sciatica treatment, there is the potential for weakness to occur in the leg. When tingling and numbness become present, orthopedist suggest that there may be an underlying condition present.
As sciatica is a result of an underlying condition, addressing that condition is always the first step. Once that has been determined, medications such as anti- inflammatories may be prescribed to reduce inflammation. Introducing stretches and a workout regime may help in alleviating some of that discomfort as well. Depending on the severity of the sciatica pain, physical therapy may also be suggested as well as heat and ice therapy. If the above mentioned techniques do not seem to resolve the sciatic nerve pain, surgery may be suggested.
Our Atlanta orthopedic doctors are always researching and learning of new ways to provide their patients with a multitude of sciatica treatment options that would best suit their individual needs. If you suffer from any sciatica symptoms, contact our team today at (404) 855-2141 to learn more about your treatment options.