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A 23-year-old female asked:

can a fall injury cause sciatica?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Certainly.: Sciatica is due to inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which can be due to trauma, like a fall. Get seen for an evaluation and best treatment.
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 36 years experience
Yes: Sciatica refers to to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Trauma is one of the leading causes. Treatment is usually conservative as I can see from your procedures and medications. If that is ineffective then stronger antiinflammatories can be tried before epidural blocks which are more invasive. Good luck and well wishes

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