Sciatica Pain


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About Sciatica and How to Treat It

What is sciatica? It is pain that often shoots from the back and hips to the legs, feet and toes. Some people experience numbness or a tingling in their legs, feet and toes. Sciatica is often caused by arthritis, a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or piriformis syndrome. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs along each side of the lower spinal to deep in the buttocks and back of the legs. Piriformis is a muscle in the buttocks that can sometimes affect the sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body. CP Medicine treats many people with sciatica pain on a daily basis from our Pompano Beach office.

All of these conditions, including a herniated disc, can be cause by lifting too much, falling, car accidents or wear and tear from age. Sciatica almost always starts with lower back pain. The pain usually throbs for awhile, then stops. However, it can be debilitating and cause people to miss work or their favorite activities. People suffering from sciatica should rest after the initial onset of lower back pain. Rest prevents further injury in the lower back. Additionally, pain doctors such as Dr. Silverman usually recommend that individuals take naproxen or ibuprofen to relieve the pain and reduce inflammation. The inflammation in the lower back, caused by various conditions, is what puts pressures on nerve endings. Hot bathes may also help relieve the pain and inflammation, as heat promotes blood flow and its healing properties. If the pain is 'too much to bear' or if you would just like a pain treatment expert like Dr. Silverman to assist you, all us at Comprehensive Pain Management at (954 ) 545-0106.

People with lower back pain symptoms may also get relief from certain exercises, such as lying on the floor and pressing the lower back to the floor, or pulling both knees up toward the chest. It is also advisable to see a pain management physician to treat the pain associated with this condition. Epidural steroid injections can be effective for sciatica caused by herniated discs. If you or a loved one is suffering from sciatica or what you perceive to be this condition, feel free to call us at Comprehensive Pain Management at (954 ) 545-0106.