Sciatica gets its name from the sciatic nerve which is the longest nerve in the body. Two of these nerves run from the spine, across each buttock and then down the back of each leg. When the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, pain radiates along the path of the nerve and this symptom of nerve irritation is called sciatica. Usually affecting only one side, the pain may be accompanied by numbness in the leg, muscular weakness, tingling in the leg and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Worsened by prolonged sitting or a cough or sneeze, the pain can become excruciating and significantly affect mobility, ability to work and enjoyment of life. These symptoms require medical attention for diagnosis and treatment. The doctors at Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute can determine what is causing your sciatica and form a treatment plan that will give you relief.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Sciatica
Since sciatica is a group of symptoms and not an exact disease, the source of the pain from sciatica needs to be exactly determined. Our diagnostic experts perform complete physicals, detailed medical histories and a thorough set of tests to discover the root cause. A series of physical agility tests may be required that will help trace the affected nerve or nerves to their root where an abnormality may be present. We also use x-rays, MRI imaging and CT scans to locate the causative factor.
Once the cause of your sciatica is located, a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that will lead to relief and healing. Our team of specialists will use the latest methods to find the root cause and can provide you with correct treatment for this condition.
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