A 53-year-old male asked:
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how can i assess a sciatica nerve condition vs a back condition?

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Dr. Daniela Torres
Specializes in Medicina General
See bellow : Sciatica nerve compression is related to back and vertebrae pathologies, you need a MRI ordered by a neurological surgeon or orthopedic surgeon to get a proper diagnosis:)
Answered on Jul 20, 2019
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Good exam: Sciatica is one type of back related pain. A good physical exam by Dr to check back & leg motion, reflexes, & strength is very helpful. If there is no weakness or loss or reflexes, then a 1-2 month period of good physical therapy is recommended before ordering an MRI. Ice, heat, anti inflammatory meds, topical agents, TENS units all can possibly help, as well as muscle strengthening exercises
Answered on Apr 23, 2020

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