SCIATICA: FRISCO, TX
The board certified physicians at OrthoTexas – Back Pain Frisco specialize in treating an array of orthopedic conditions of the back and spine. The physicians provide the patients with comprehensive treatment and interventional pain medicine to help them recover from acute or chronic back pain.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body. It starts from the lower back and extends through the buttocks to the legs. Pain that occurs due to the compression of the sciatic nerve is referred to as Sciatica. Although this condition can be severe, the pain usually subsides after a few weeks of conservative treatment.

Causes Of Sciatica

  • Herniated Discs: People who have a history of Herniated Discs are more prone to develop Sciatica.
  • Spinal Stenosis: This involves narrowing of the spinal canal which results in pressure and strain on the nerves in the spine.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): It is a condition causing gradual breakdown of the discs that provide support to the spinal vertebrae.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This condition involves sliding of one vertebra over the other. It results in distortion of the spinal canal and putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Other Causes: Sciatica may also be triggered due to excessive weight, wearing high heels, lack pf physical activity or sleeping on a soft mattress.

Symptoms Of Sciatica

  • Pain at the back of the leg
  • Pain increases after long sitting periods
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the leg
  • Constant pain in either side of the hips
  • Difficulty moving the foot and legs
  • Intense pain while getting up after sitting
  • Pain worsens while coughing or sneezing

Diagnosis Of Sciatica

To diagnose Sciatica, the orthopedic doctor in Frisco may conduct a thorough physical examination to check for the reflexes, strength and flexibility in each leg. He may also suggest imaging tests like X-rays and MRI scans to evaluate the extent of damage caused to the sciatic nerve.

Treatment For Sciatica

  • Medications: The spine specialist in Frisco may prescribe certain anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants to reduce pain and soreness.
  • Injections: Steroidal injections may also help to provide immediate relief from Sciatica pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Certain stretching and strengthening exercises may also be prescribed to regain the flexibility of the affected muscles.
  • Surgery: This is usually required only in patients who do not respond to conservative treatment, have deteriorating symptoms and are suffering from severe pain.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of Sciatica, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the back pain specialists, call at (214) 618 – 5502.