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What can help with siatica pain?

What can help with siatica pain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. Alternatively epidural steroid injections and stem cell therapies can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

Sciatica is a symptom describing pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more


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The last two months I have been experiancing sever sharp pains in my butt cheeks and legs/siatica.. What helps for this?

Need accurate : I would suggest evaluation by a physiatrist or neurologist for pain in the legs. Diagnosis can range from lumbar sprain, si joint dysfunction, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar radiculopathy, and peripheral neuropathy. Treatment including physical therapy, tens units, medications, trigger point injections, end epidurals would all be dependent upon an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How is siatica treated?

How is siatica treated?

Conservative Rx: Sciatica is a condition where there is irritation of the sciatic nerve. This can produce pain, weakness, sensory and reflex changes. Because the sciatic nerve is a larger bundle from several smaller nerve roots, the areas involved depends on where the nerve is irritated. It will involve the back, buttock, thigh, calf, foot, genital areas. Treatment starts with medications, pt, injections. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have siatica or something different?

How can I tell if I have siatica or something different?

Evaluate Low Back: If you are not improving have your doctor order a lumbar spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the back can cause leg pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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What is sciatica?

What is sciatica?

Sciatica: Sciatic is a condtion of pain arising from pressure or irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve as it courses from the lumbar spine down to the lower leg and foot. ...Read more

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What is sciatica?

What is sciatica?

Nerve pain: Sciatica is a common term for a set of symptoms caused by compression or irritation of the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve, or the actual sciatic nerves. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, or any part of the leg and foot. The pain may be accompanied by numbness, weakness, tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. There are many causes of sciatica. ...Read more

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How does sciatica feel?

How does sciatica feel?

Burn/electric pain: Sciatica refers to pain in the leg. It is usually limited to a specific area of the leg. Most often the pain starts in the buttocks and radiates down the back or side of the leg into the foot. The area of radiation is determined by the nerve root affected. The pain is a constant burning or electrical sensation, not worse with activities and not usually associated with back pain. ...Read more

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Can sex cause sciatica?

Can sex cause sciatica?

Possibly: If you were in weird positions or flexing/twisting your body alot during sex you can cause disc herniation so it is possible. If it does not improve, see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can sciatica be cured ?

Can sciatica be cured ?

Cure, Unlikely...: Sciatica can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. ...Read more

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Help me I have sciatica?

Help me I have sciatica?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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