Pain Medicine Group
Interventional Pain Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Sarasota, FL & Oviedo, FL
If you experience low back pain or radiating pain down one of your legs, you could have sciatic neuropathy. At Pain Medicine Group, Dr. Mauna M. Radahd or Dr. Morgan Callahan in Sarasota, Florida, or Dr. Jason C. Tse in Oviedo and greater Orlando area, Florida, can diagnose and treat sciatica-related discomfort to restore mobility, ease pain, and improve your quality of life. Schedule an evaluation by phone or book one online today.
Sciatic Neuropathy Q&A
What is sciatic neuropathy?
Sciatic neuropathy, or sciatica, is a condition that affects your sciatic nerve that runs along a pathway from your low back through your hips and down each leg. Sciatica may result due to various factors, though the cause isn’t always known. It can lead to pain and become crippling when not addressed. See the Pain Medicine Group experts at the first sign of nerve pain.
What are the symptoms of sciatic neuropathy?
The symptoms commonly associated with sciatic neuropathy include:
- Shooting pain
- Low back pain
- Radiating discomfort
- Dull aching
- Severe pain
The pain may travel from your low back down one of your legs. It could be mild or severe and come and go.
Sciatic neuropathy discomfort might begin slowly and worsen over time when not treated. The pain may get worse after sitting or standing for long periods, at night, during certain times of the day, or when coughing, laughing, sneezing, walking, bending backward, or straining.
What are the risk factors for sciatic neuropathy?
While anyone can experience sciatic neuropathy, common risk factors include:
- Sciatic nerve damage
- Disc herniation
- Spinal stenosis (narrowed spinal canal)
- Pelvic fracture or injury
- Spondylolisthesis (displaced vertebrae)
- Bone spurs
- Piriformis syndrome (pain disorder)
- Heavy lifting
- Prolonged standing or sitting
- Physically demanding jobs
Men aged 30-50 have a higher risk of developing sciatic neuropathy.
How is sciatic neuropathy diagnosed?
Your Pain Medicine Group provider diagnoses sciatica after discussing your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. They complete a physical exam and may suggest blood testing, X-rays, nerve testing, CT scans, an MRI, or other imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and treat it effectively.
How is sciatic neuropathy treated?
Your Pain Medicine Group specialist may recommend one or more of the following treatments for sciatic neuropathy:
- Watchful waiting
- Ice or heat packs
- Altering physical activity
- Avoiding heavy lifting
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments
Surgery for sciatic neuropathy is often a last resort and only used when necessary. Conservative treatments often work to diminish your discomfort.
Pain Medicine Group specialists follow up with you as needed to ensure the treatment is effective and alter your treatment plan if necessary. Call the office any time you have concerns or questions.
For relief from sciatic neuropathy, schedule an evaluation at Pain Medicine Group by phone or book one online today.
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