Signs And Symptoms Of Sciatica

Have you been experiencing shooting, or burning pain on one side of your lower back? Does the pain expand beyond your lower back? If yes, this is a sign of sciatica, and Dr. Kevin Le with Magnolia Comfort Medical in Norcross, GA, encourages you to familiarize yourself with more signs and symptoms of sciatica.

What Is Sciatica?

When the sciatic nerve in the lower back becomes irritated or compressed, you will likely feel pain from that nerve (i.e. this type of pain is called sciatica). As mentioned, sciatica travels down the lower back, through the buttocks, to the backside of your leg and sometimes even the back of the foot.

Causes Of Sciatica

There are several reasons why someone may experience sciatica, such as a herniated disc, developing a bone spur, or an overgrown bone near the sciatic nerve. Each of these impacts the nerve, which is why sciatica often develops.

However, there are preexisting conditions that may increase your risk of developing sciatica:

  • diabetes—on its own, diabetes heightens your chances of nerve damage

  • lifestyle—whether you sit in an office chair all day or you carry additional weight in your body, this causes stress to your spine

  • age—bone spurs and herniated discs are far more likely the older you become

Your specialist in Norcross, GA, Dr. Le, understands that certain circumstances are not preventable, but encourages you to pay close attention to the warning signs of sciatica.

Monitoring The Symptoms And Signs

Because sciatica causes more than lower back pain, it's important to pay attention to the potential warning signs, such as:

  • type of pain experienced—shooting pains or a burning sensation is usually an indicator of sciatica, as well as any numbness/tingling in your leg, foot or buttocks. Symptoms often ease when walking or moving around, which can also lead to discomfort when sitting, rotating your spine, and even coughing or sneezing

  • irregular bladder and bowel movements—sometimes the symptoms of sciatica can impact your bladder and bowel movements, making it difficult to feel any sort of control.

Can Sciatica Be Treated?

Sciatica can be treated through a number of therapies (e.g. chiropractic physical therapy, cold laser therapy, spinal manipulation, and spinal decompression therapy), but the best approach to treat sciatica is to develop a personalized plan. Visit with Dr. Le at Magnolia Comfort Medical in Norcross, GA, to discuss the best plan to treat your sciatica, by giving our office a call at (470) 545-0275.

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