20 Sep Prompt Medical Spine Care Treats Sciatic Nerve Pain
Do you suffer from sciatic nerve pain? The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body; it runs from each side of the lower spine through the buttock into the back of the thigh and all the way down to the foot. The sciatic nerve supplies sensation to the skin of the foot, as well as the entire lower leg (except for its inner side). Sensation to skin to the sole of the foot is provided by the tibial nerve, and the lower leg and upper surface of the foot via the common fibular nerve.
Pain associated with the sciatic nerve usually originates higher along the spinal cord when nerve roots become compressed, pinched or damaged from narrowing of the vertebral column or from a slipped disk. Intense pain can develop that runs the entire length of the legs. Sciatic nerve pain is usually repetitive, felt primarily in one leg and can be described as “intolerable” by most people who experience it. Sciatica occurs as a result of nerve irritation. The pain often feels like an electric like or throbbing sensation that shoots down the leg. This pain may worsen when you cough or sneeze. There also may be a feeling of numbness in your feet and toes. Sudden difficulty controlling your bladder or your bowels may signify a serious condition involving your spine and may require surgical intervention.
While there are many ways to treat sciatic nerve pain such as sciatic nerve glide, The most important first step is diagnosis of the pain generator (where the pain is coming from). In addition to a thorough physical exam, we perform a full evaluation of your imaging (e.g., X-rays or MRI) and other testing to help us determine the precise origin of your pain. We use targeted diagnostic nerve blocks (e.g., selective nerve root blocks or medial branch injections) to identify and treat the pain at its source. If you are getting a diagnostic injection it is important to carefully record your results on the pain diary and bring that diary to your next office visit. Our specialists also work closely with physical therapists to maximize your relief and provide comprehensive treatment. Note that if you have significant weakness or difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels you should get evaluated for possible surgery. our team of doctors will conduct a preliminary physical exam as well as choose to perform x-rays and other tests like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test to investigate the damage in the spine. After diagnosis, our team of specialist will advise of procedures and interventions to alleviate symptoms of your underlying source of pain.
New York Spine Specialist Treats Sciatic Nerve Pain!
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