Sciatica – Nerve Entrapment in Frisco, TX
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Nerve Entrapment & Sciatic Relief
When nerves are compressed or become entrapped, the accompanying pain or weakness may become unbearable. More specifically, when the pain appears to radiate from your lower back spreading down each leg, this is classified as sciatica. Understanding that poor posture is a bad habit many of us share, not to mention as much as 40% of us Americans will at one point in our lives experience some sort of sciatic pain, we comprehend the importance of taking swift approaches when it comes to assessing any symptoms.
Our team of chiropractic experts can relieve your nerve pain through holistic approaches and techniques within a matter of weeks through spinal manipulation, referred physical therapy, and prescribed medication if the severity of your sciatic symptoms exacerbates to severe levels.
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What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve originates in the lumbosacral spine (lower back), travels through the hamstring area, and finally culminates down each foot. Actual injury to this nerve is rare, and what most patients are likely experiencing is the entrapment, compression, pinching, inflammation, or otherwise irritation of the sciatic nerve instead.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by a range of other medical diseases and conditions such as:
- Slipped or herniated disc
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal stenosis
How is Sciatica Diagnosed?
Diagnosing sciatica involves a comprehensive and patient-centered approach. Our experienced medical professionals in Frisco, TX utilize advanced diagnostic techniques to accurately assess the underlying cause of sciatic nerve pain. Firstly, a thorough medical history is obtained, followed by a detailed physical examination focusing on assessing the range of motion, strength, and reflexes. To further aid in the diagnosis, imaging tests such as x-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans may be recommended to identify any structural abnormalities or herniated discs. Additionally, nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) may be conducted to assess nerve function and pinpoint the exact location of nerve compression. By employing a multidimensional approach, Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine ensures that patients receive an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan for effective relief from sciatica.
At Lewis Physical & Pain Medicine, we offer physical medicine services in chiropractic care, massage therapy for flexibility, and physical therapy exercises, among many other treatments. When these standard treatments don’t relieve your acute pain, epidural steroid injections or other medication may be prescribed. Only when the pain is unbearable and burdensome to the point where it prohibits simple daily tasks is surgery considered an option.
Luckily, surgical procedures on the sciatic nerve are rarely needed because the pain generally comes from irritation, not from the sciatic nerve itself.
Common Symptoms of Sciatica
Signs and symptoms of sciatic nerve entrapment include:
- Lower spine, leg, or foot weakness or numbness
- Mobility loss or pain that worsens with movement
- Tingling, aching sensation
- Loss of bowel movements or bladder control
- Persistent pins-and-needles feeling on your toes or feet
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Sciatica – Nerve Entrapment Reviews
When visiting my family in TX (I'm from NY) I always see Dr. Lewis for Sciatica. It almost got the best of me until Dr. Lewis helped get it under control. He is a really great Doctor and his staff goes above and beyond to help me. I always come back when I need help with my low back and Sciatica pain.
Dr. Lewis and his entire staff are amazing. The front office people who went above and beyond. I wanted to give more than five stars for their kindness, caring and efficient. I was treated for disc bulge sciatica pain. I was really scared on my first epidural steroid injection, they really gave me a special care and kindness which made me feel really comfortable. I was barely walk or stand before treatment. Now I am able to start my exercises again.
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Sciatica – Nerve Entrapment FAQs
Will sciatica go away on its own?
Although sciatica can go away on its own, it may take 4 – 6 weeks or longer and may return. For more severe cases, however, medical intervention is usually needed in order to manage your sciatic nerve pain. The team at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine offers several forms of treatment for sciatic relief and can work with you to determine which one may benefit you the most.
Can stress cause sciatica?
While stress itself may not directly cause sciatica, it is believed to exacerbate the symptoms. Stress typically causes muscle tension, which can contribute to the perception of sciatica pain. Additionally, stress can affect one's overall physical well-being and contribute to poor posture, decreased physical activity, and unhealthy habits that may indirectly worsen sciatica symptoms.
Is sciatica serious?
Although sciatica is not considered a serious or life-threatening condition, it can lead to complications if left untreated. Some complications that could result from sciatica are chronic pain and lasting nerve damage. In some instances, sciatica may be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or spinal injury, which can also get worse if appropriate care is not sought out. This is why it's important to have a consult at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine to receive a proper diagnosis and decrease your risk for further serious issues.