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What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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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What can you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What can  you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This 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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What should I do about sciatic nerve pain?

What should I do about sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do for a sciatic nerve problem.

What can I do for a sciatic nerve problem.

See answer: Establish a relationship with a dr. And get the area evaluated and properly diagnosed. Heat, rest, possible NSAID medication may be presribed. Physical therapy to the area may be helpful. Follow-up with the dr. Who orders and treats you if not better as the next step may be epidural injections, and or surgery depending on the severity, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to treat sciatic nerve pain?

What do doctors do to treat  sciatic nerve pain?

Conservative Rx 1st: After a thorough neurological evaluation, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, narcotic and/or non-narcotic pain medications, referral for physical therapy, and steroid injections. At some point an MRI scan will be needed if your symptoms persist. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does smoking do to a sciatic nerve pain? When you say no smoking? My husband has this pain for months won't go to doctor.

What does smoking do to a sciatic nerve pain? When you say no smoking? My husband has this pain for months won't go to doctor.

Smoking: decreases blood supply to the disc and nerves causing it to slow or halt healing altogether. Decreasing or stopping the smoking will help however it may take months before blood supply can return after cessation. Generally speaking though, you may want to see pain specialist about what your options are. Surgery is not the only option. ...Read more

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What should I do for a pinched sciatic nerve?

Rehabilitation: As much as possible. Most of these will resolve on their own, but...Be seen by a doctor, get an exam, imaging study and treatment recommendation for best possible outcome. ...Read more

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What can my friend do for his sciatic nerve pain?

What can my friend do for his sciatic nerve pain?

Stretching: Many times acute sciatic pain will resolves after stretching the area abit. The muscles will loosen up and help resolve pain. If not, then consider further imaging studies to see which exact nerve in your spine is getting pinched for further treatment options. ...Read more

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Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain? It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Anything can/should do for sciatic nerve pain?  It is not bad enough to warrant anything like surgery, but don't want it to get worse.

Conservative first: Sciatica is a pain radiating into lower extremities. Typically impingement of nerves exiting the lower spine causes this. Less common is impingement of nerves after they have exited the spine and in buttock area. Mild cases cases can be observed & treated conservatively with medication and physical therapy. Persistent pain and if there are nerve symptoms require further workup (e.g. Mri). ...Read more

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How can I treat my sciatic nerve?

Exercise: It really depends on the cause of your pain. Typically what is considered sciatic nerve pain comes from the back and is often a radiculopathy. Sometimes it can originate from a tight muscle known as the piriformis. Exercises the stabilize the spine, combined with oral steroid and occasionally an epidural may help for back associated leg pain. For piriformis, a therapist can assist with stretches. ...Read more

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How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

How can you injure your sciatic nerve?

USUALLY disc disease: The sciatic nerve can 'get pinched' by a bulging disc in the low back. The mechanism of injury for bulging disc is usually some type of lifting injury with 'bent over posture' or twisting. I had a patient 'sneeze so hard' he developed a completely weak leg and had surgery the same day. Usually in men, another cause of sciatic compression is sitting on a wallet causing pain 'down the leg!'. ...Read more

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How do you fix a pinched sciatic nerve ?

4 things: Surgical decompression (not to be confused with chiropractic so-called decompression) epidural steroid injections spinal physical therapy "tincture of time" since the natural history of sciatica tends to be one of spontaneous healing. ...Read more

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Can the sciatic nerve affect both sides?

Wrong concept: There is a sciatic nerve in both legs. The sciatic nerve is formed primarily by branches of the lumbar 5 &sacral one nerve roots as they emerge from the lower spinal canal. An issue affecting the spinal canal or some problem large enough to affect the lumbar plexi in the pelvis bilaterally can cause bilateral sciatic distribution motor, pain or sensory functions. ...Read more

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How to tell if my sciatic nerve is pinched?

Physical exam: Findings confirmed by mri. It can be pinched either in the spine or in the piriformis muscle. ...Read more

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Can your sciatic nerve be hurt by getting hit?

Yes: Any trauma that compresses the sciatic nerve, either directly or by causing bone fragments to do so, can cause sciatica. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, falling down, football and other sports. ...Read more

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What happends if i got a shot in my sciatic nerve?

Pain relief: If you're having sciatica or sciatic nerve pain, an injection may provide temporary pain relief. I hope that helps! ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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