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how do i know if my back pain is a sciatic nerve injury?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Back pain from : Sciatic nerve injury follow the tract of the nerve been effected, also usually have numbness with it, it increase with certain movements and decrease with bending the knees.
Dr. Kristin Wulff
Wound care 19 years experience
Physical exam.: The only real way to know would be to get a physical exam by a physician. Sciatic pain tends to run down one of the glutes and down the back of the leg.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 36 years experience
Medical exam: Sciatica refers to pain that runs down the back of the leg. Most of the time, this is due to irritation to one of the spinal nerves (not the sciatic nerve). To diagnose the problem, a doctor would take a good history, perform a physical exam and review an mri. Finally, to confirm the diagnosis, a diagnostic nerve block would be performed.
Dr. Laurence Mermelstein
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Sciatica: Sciatic nerve injuries do not cause back pain, per se. Back injuries can cause "sciatica" - nerve pain down the leg caused by irritation or compression of the spinal nerves in the back. Back pain can be a result of many different causes: muscle, joint pain, disc problems, arthritis, etc.

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