Everyone has suffered from back pain at some point in their lives, ranging from a mild strain to excruciating pain that can stop a person in his tracks. If you are the victim of sciatic pain, you know that this is a condition in a class by itself. It can get in the way of your everyday life, keeping you from doing the things that you love.
Sciatic pain can come on suddenly and last for an indefinite amount of time. Your own efforts are unlikely to make it go away. You need professional help to properly diagnose and treat your condition.
What are the Symptoms of Sciatic Pain?
Sciatic pain is the result of irritation of the nerves at the base of the spine, whether there is inflammation or a herniated disc placing pressure against the nerves. It may be the result of injury or the burdens placed on the spine during pregnancy.
When there is a problem with the sciatic nerve, symptoms include:
- A shooting jolt of pain the moment you try to stand up
- Pain that intensifies on your leg or your buttocks when you are sitting
- A numbness in one leg or a burning sensation
- Pain that never goes away in one buttock, extending to your leg
Once you have an accurate diagnosis of your condition, a plan of action can be formed to relieve your discomfort.
How is Sciatic Pain Diagnosed?
When you visit Dr. Caliri, your symptoms will indicate that you are suffering from sciatic pain. However, Dr. Caliri needs to determine what is at the root of your condition to treat it effectively.
You can expect a thorough examination as he discusses your symptoms and studies your health history. If your pain is exacerbated by certain movements, they suggest that your symptoms are triggered by the sciatic nerves.
Dr. Caliri is likely to order additional testing, including an MRI and X-rays, to find out what is aggravating your nerves. Once Dr. Caliri gets to the source of your pain, it will be possible to provide you with a remedy.
How is Sciatic Pain Treated?
Our medical team may recommend exercises, bouts of resting alternating with walks, anti-inflammatory medication and the use of heating pads or ice to ease your symptoms. If the least invasive approach is not effective, physical therapy and massage may assist you, as well as steroids.
In some cases, you may need to have surgery to resolve the problem, especially if a disc is pressing on your sciatic nerve or you have a narrowing of the canal that surrounds the spine known as spinal stenosis.
Make an appointment with Dr. Caliri at his Warwick office today to diagnose your sciatic pain and find a solution for the problem.