Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center
Orthopedic Surgery located in Henderson, NV & Las Vegas, NV
If you experience pain that radiates down your buttocks and into your legs, it’s likely sciatica. Most cases of sciatica resolve on their own, but if your symptoms get worse, book an appointment at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center. The experienced team of orthopedic specialists provides comprehensive care for sciatica. To make an appointment at the practice in Henderson or Las Vegas, Nevada, call the nearest office today or schedule online. To request a same-day consultation, contact the Fast Track Clinic in Las Vegas.
Sciatica Q & A
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is an uncomfortable condition characterized by lower back pain, tingling, and weakness. It occurs when your sciatic nerve –– a long nerve that runs down your back, over your buttocks, and into your legs –– becomes compressed by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.
Sciatica is a common problem that affects about 40% of adults. Often, it responds to conservative treatments like ice, rest, and activity modification, but if your symptoms don’t improve, contact Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center right away.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Symptoms of sciatica include:
- Lower back pain
- Pain that gets worse with movement
- Pins-and-needles sensations
- Weakness in your legs and feet
- Pain in your buttocks
As the condition progresses, you might also experience issues with bladder or bowel control, like urinary incontinence.
Who is at risk of sciatica?
Anyone can experience sciatica, but several factors increase your risk, including:
- Having diabetes
- Being middle-aged or older
- Working a physically demanding job
You’re also more likely to develop sciatica if you’re an active individual who does lots of bending or lifting.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
To diagnose sciatica, the team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center reviews your medical history. Then, they ask about your symptoms, including their severity, when they started, and if any activities make them worse.
Next, your provider conducts a physical exam, testing your muscle strength and reflexes. Then, they have you do a series of easy stretches and exercises to assess your mobility and range of motion.
If these measures aren’t enough to make a diagnosis, your provider might also order nerve tests or diagnostic imaging like a CT scan or an MRI.
How is sciatica treated?
Treatment of sciatica depends on the severity of your symptoms, their effect on your daily life, and your current level of fitness. The team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center might recommend:
- Ice and heat therapy
- Chiropractic treatment
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid medication
If your sciatica lasts for more than a month, or the pain gets worse and interferes with your quality of life, you might benefit from surgical intervention.
To learn more about the treatment options for sciatica, schedule an appointment at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center. Click the online booking feature or call the nearest office to speak with the administrative staff.
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