When the sciatic nerve—the nerve that stretches from the spine down the leg—is pinched or damaged, this can result in sciatica pain. Many people who experience sciatica have problems performing even the most basic tasks, such as walking or even bending down to pick something up off of the floor. At Valley Physical Medicine, our doctors have helped a number of patients address the reason for their sciatica and alleviate their pain.
Sciatica pain has a number of causes; in fact, anything that can compress the sciatic nerve may cause sciatica symptoms. However, the most common causes include bone spurs, spinal stenosis, disc herniations or bulges, or injuries. To get to the root of the problem, our doctors will perform a comprehensive physical examination as well as a diagnostic assessment to diagnose the cause of your pain.
Generally, sciatica symptoms will only affect one side of the body from the lower back down through the leg. Signs that you may have sciatica include:
- prickling sensations
- muscle weakness
In addition to making it difficult to move, these symptoms can also cause insomnia for some people.
At Valley Physical Medicine, we offer chiropractic care and physical therapy—as well as other pain relief services—to alleviate the symptoms associated with sciatica. For a free consultation on our sciatica treatment, please call (910) 354-2166 today.