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Frequently Asked Questions about Sciatica

If you have back pain or are suffering from back injuries, you may have sciatica, which can be treated at Amazing Spine Care in Jacksonville and Orange Park, FL. Sciatica is a term for back pain that is associated with the nervous system. Many individuals end up being diagnosed with sciatica after back injuries. Here are some must-know facts about this neurological disorder.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a common term for pain that runs down from the back down the legs. It’s typically from irritation of one of the nerves, and more commonly from a lumbar disc herniation, although there are other causes of sciatica.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica can have a number of causes, the most common being back injury at a job or at a sporting event. Sciatica can also be caused by a tumor in the spinal cord causing pain and discomfort. Other causes include an infection. The classic causes are a disc misalignment or a back injury.

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Typical symptoms include burning, radiating pain, electrical sensations or numbness and tingling. Mild forms of sciatica cause a little bit of pain and resolve within a few weeks. However, if you do have severe sciatica that is causing you a lot of pain, you should certainly go in for an evaluation to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on.

How Do You Get Diagnosed With Sciatica?

Most diagnoses are made through a clinical exam by a chiropractor. MRI imaging is very helpful to help thoroughly examine the anatomy and figure out what’s going on in your spine.

What Are My Treatment Options?

There are a number of treatment options available with your chiropractor, including physical therapy for mild pain. You may also benefit from lumbar epidermal steroid injections for severe pain or even surgery when indicated; when the pain is very severe or you have a neurologic weakness.

What to do if You Think You Have Sciatica

If you are suffering from back pain from a work-related injury, speak to your chiropractor about the possibility of it being sciatica. Sciatica is not a life-threatening disorder and can be treated with the help of specialists such as those you will find at Amazing Spine Care in Jacksonville and Orange Park, FL. Please contact us today to book your appointment.

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