Sciatica is inflammation to your sciatic nerve, which is your body’s largest nerve. The sciatic nerve runs all the way down your leg and into your foot. Because inflammation of any nerve is never a good sign, you need to determine the cause of your pain. The following are some causes of sciatica:

  • A ruptured or bulged disc
  • Narrowing in your spinal canal
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Pinched nerves

Pregnant women are also prone to suffering from sciatica, because of temporary, extra pressure on the nerve.

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How do I know if I have sciatica?

The best way to know if you have sciatica is to visit one of the providers at First Choice Integrated Healthcare. Many symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Pain that starts in your buttock and runs down your leg
  • Weakness or numbness in your leg, foot, or toes
  • Radiating pain that makes walking or standing difficult
  • Burning sensations down your leg

What is the process for diagnosing sciatica?

When you first meet with your dedicated pain expert at First Choice Integrated Healthcare, they consult with you about your symptoms. Let your doctor or provider know what your pain feels like and how often your pain flares up. If you can do anything to make it better, or if you know something makes it worse, your provider needs to know.

After your doctor or provider gets a little background information on your pain, they perform a physical examination, checking your spine and observing while you make certain movements. To get a clearer picture of what’s going on inside your body, you might need to have some imaging ordered, like an X-ray.

Can I get treatment for sciatica? 

Yes. It’s common for patients to go through a combination of treatments to get the best results possible. Your treatment plan can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory injections
  • Stretches or specialized exercises
  • Taking short walks