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How do I know if my back pain is a sciatic nerve injury?

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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Richard Rosenthal
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Kristin Cox
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kristin Cox
Dr. Kristin Cox
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Dr. Laurence Mermelstein
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Laurence Mermelstein
Dr. Laurence Mermelstein
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