Advanced Spine and Pain Centers
Orthopedic Specialists & Pain Management Specialists located in Stafford, VA & Fairfax, VA
Living with chronic low back pain from sciatica is disruptive to your daily routine. Sciatica pain can limit your ability to perform routine tasks and may cause psychological distress. At Advanced Spine and Pain Center, with offices throughout Fairfax County, VA, Stafford, VA & the Greater Baltimore, MD Area, the experienced medical team offers comprehensive sciatica diagnosis and treatments to get your total health back on track and relieve sciatica pain for good. Schedule a consultation online today and start living your life again.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a symptom of a compromised sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body and controls the muscles behind your knee, in your lower leg, and in the sole of your foot.
Sciatica can result from pressure or injury to the nerve. A ruptured vertebral disc, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis are common causes of sciatic pain.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Pain associated with sciatica can occur anywhere along the sciatic nerve. Pain often starts in the lower back and radiates down into your leg, foot, and toes. Symptoms usually affect only one side of your body.
In addition to ongoing pain, you may also experience:
Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe. You may also experience shocking jolts of pain during sudden turns, when you cough or sneeze, or if you sit for an extended period.
What treatments are available for sciatica?
Your doctor carefully evaluates several factors that can influence your sciatica pain, including your:
- Medical history
- Recent injuries
- Weight issues
To rule out other medical conditions, your doctor may recommend imaging tests. These tests can also reveal possible reasons for your sciatic nerve problems. Your doctor may use an X-ray or an MRI to closely view your spine to identify bone spurs or degenerative disc problems.
After careful review of your medical history, your doctor may recommend:
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Oral medications
Your doctor may also suggest lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, dietary improvements, and cold or heat therapies to improve your mobility and prevent the return of sciatic nerve pain.
How should I prepare for my sciatica consultation?
During your initial visit to Advanced Spine and Pain Center, you will meet your specialist and discuss your symptoms. You may find it helpful to write down questions and concerns in advance.
Bring copies of any previous diagnosis of sciatica or other injuries. You should also provide a list of current medications, including both prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.
Your doctor will review your medical history and perform a physical exam to assess your pain and determine the right treatment plan for your needs. They may perform additional tests during your initial visit to confirm a diagnosis.
Schedule a consultation online today to learn more about help for your sciatica.
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