Sciatica Nerve Pain San Antonio, TX
Are you or a loved one are experiencing pain which radiates from the back you’re your buttocks, and possibly all the way down the legs. If so, you may be suffering from a condition known as sciatica. Sciatica affects millions of Americans, and it can range from a minor nuisance to a debilitating problem. In either case, this condition has the potential to worsen. Sciatica is condition involving the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the body). It originates from the low back nerve roots to form a very large bundle of nerves, which looks like a thick cord. It then extends through the buttock area, down the back of the leg and calf. This nerve can be compressed/pinched by an injury, spasm of the muscles it travels through or inflammation of the tissue surrounding it. It can also be pinched (compressed) due to a herniated disc in the low back or due to narrowing of the openings of the spinal column that allow for nerves to pass.
When pain occurs, it is usually very strong, sharp or in the form of a cramp. Some people may also experience a burning pain in the lower back, which usually continues to travel down the back of the leg from the hips and all the way down to the feet. Despite the pain, you may also feel a burning or tingling feeling down the leg, or numbness that continues even in the toes sometimes. After a significant period, you can also lose strength in the leg. Often times, the symptoms will come and go throughout a persons life. If left untreated, these symptoms can worsen and make the daily tasks of living extremely difficult, in some cases – downright impossible. Furthermore, the sciatic nerve may become permanently injured.
Dr. John Coppola D.C. and Dr Valerie Monteiro D.C. have been successfully treating Sciatica for many years. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed book, Defeat Neuropathy Now…In Spite of Your Doctor and are sought out by people from around the world due to their extensive knowledge on repairing damaged nerves.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is most often caused by the following conditions:
- Slipped or a herniated disc
- Disc degeneration
- Arthritic changes in the spine
- Spinal injury
- Spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
Common Sciatica Symptoms
Usually, sciatica affects only one side of the lower body and the pain radiates from the lower back to the back of the thigh and down the leg.
Some combination of the following symptoms is most common:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg, but rarely in both sides
- Pain that originates in the low back or buttock and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve—down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg and foot
- Pain that feels better when patients lie down or are walking, but worsens when standing or sitting
- Pain typically described as sharp or searing, rather than dull
- A “pins-and-needles” sensation, numbness or weakness, or a prickling sensation down the leg in some cases
- Weakness or numbness when moving the leg or foot
- Severe or shooting pain in one leg, making it difficult to stand up or walk
- Pain and other symptoms in the toes, depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected
- Lower back pain that, if experienced at all, is not as severe as leg pain
- Symptoms may intensify during sudden movements, such as a sneeze or cough, or when changing positions, such as when moving from a sitting position to standing up.
Risk Factors of Sciatica
Risk factors which can potentially lead to developing sciatica include:
- Degeneration/Arthritis of the spine and bone spurs
- Degenerative discs of the low back
- Herniated discs of the low back
- Lumbar spinal stemosis
- Sitting for long periods or sedentary lifestyle
Time To Find A Doctor:
- Mild cases of sciatica can typically be addressed by implementing stretches for your buttocks, hamstrings and calf muscles daily for 15-20 min, as well as, implementing an exercise regime. A mild case of sciatica is one that does not limit your activity and symptoms are very mild.
- For moderate to severe cases of sciatica, or chronic repetitive cases, you will require a doctors intervention. Many doctors will recommend corticosteroid injections or anti-inflammatory medication. It’s important to know that neither of these approaches actually fix the sciatica.
- At best, they merely eliminate the pain on a very temporary basis.
- The best long term treatment for correction of your sciatica typically includes, non-surgical spinal decompression, spinal manipulation and physical therapy from a qualified doctor.
- Dr. Monteiro, DC and Dr. Coppola, DC state, “With the appropriate intervention, we have been able to successfully eliminate sciatic nerve issues for over 25 years. We’re able to return people back to their normal activities and overall life enjoyment.”
Sciatica Nerve Pain Prevention
Here are some of the best ways to protect yourself from developing sciatica or to prevent a reoccurrence.
- Keep your back strong, exercise regularly. Place special focus on core strenght (the muscles in the stomach and lower back)
- Stretch, Stretch, Stretch (incorporate 15-20 min of stretching a day, at least 4 days per week)
- Take walks (become more active and get off the couch)
- Place a pillow or rolled towel in the small of the back to maintain its normal curve, while sitting or driving.
- Bend only at the knees and not using your back (Hold the load near the body while lifting it and setting it down. Find assistance if the item is heavy or awkward.
The doctors at San Antonio Neuropathy Center are trained to zero in on the source of the sciatica pain. They have over 25 years of experience in working with the individual in deciding the most suitable approach to eliminate their sciatica. After a thorough assessment of the person’s unique issue, they put together an individualized treatment plan to correct the issue and prevent its return. Recovered sciatic nerve patients often report improvements to their general wellness. If you are having symptoms of sciatica call our team at San Antonio Neuropathy Center today! 210-492-0111