The sciatic nerve is the longest in your body, and if it's compressed, it could cause sciatic pain so intense that you aren't able to move. At Lynx Healthcare, the team of board-certified pain management specialists has helped countless patients in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reduce their pain and address the underlying cause of their condition. If you suffer from sciatica, you don't need to suffer any longer. Call or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment and start treatment today.
Sciatica is a term that refers to the symptoms of pain or numbness that results from a pinched or compressed sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from your lower back, down your buttocks, and through each leg. When this nerve becomes compressed, you experience pain in your lower back, hips, and legs.
Sciatic pain happens when your sciatic nerve becomes compressed, often due to a herniated disc, degenerative disease, or even prolonged poor posture.
In rare cases, your sciatic nerve can become compressed by a tumor or as a result of damage due to chronic diseases like diabetes. Sciatic pain is most common in people who sit for prolonged periods or have jobs that require them to twist their backs or carry heavy loads.
Health conditions like diabetes (which increases your risk of nerve damage) or obesity (which increases stress on your spine from excessive body weight) can also increase your chances of developing a compressed sciatic nerve.
Sciatic pain is a localized pain that can vary in intensity from a minor lower back ache to an unbearable pain that shoots down your leg and leaves you completely immobile.
The pain may feel like a burning or tingling sensation that makes your legs weak or completely numb. Patients with severe pain may also experience a loss of bladder or bowel function.
Most patients make a full recovery from a compressed sciatic nerve with the right treatment. However, an untreated sciatic condition can result in permanent nerve damage, so it's important to get medical treatment at Lynx Healthcare as soon as you start to notice symptoms.
To diagnose the cause of your symptoms, you might need to undergo tests such as:
These tests can confirm sciatica and rule out any other causes of your symptoms.
Most people with sciatica respond well to non-surgical methods aimed at relieving pain and pressure on the sciatic nerve or its roots. Initially, rest combined with over-the-counter or prescription medication can help reduce the pain.
Physical therapy is also important, helping to reduce pain and muscle spasms and increase range of motion. Aquatic therapy is often helpful because the warm water eases discomfort and allows you to exercise with less stress on your body.
If your symptoms don't improve significantly with this approach, the team at Lynx Healthcare may inject your sciatic nerve roots with steroid medication to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
You can help prevent sciatica from recurring by avoiding prolonged sitting or lying that puts pressure on your buttocks. Exercise helps to keep your back muscles strong and proper posture is essential at all times.
Call Lynx Healthcare to find out more about sciatica treatment or book an appointment online today.