What is my pain that starts in my back or butt and goes down my leg and sometimes goes into my foot and toes? Sometimes my leg goes out from under me because my muscles go weak and sometimes I get pins and needles and numbness down my leg. What’s wrong with me and how do I get rid of this pain? Your pain is called Sciatica.
Sciatica is pain, burning, stabbing pain, a pins and needle tingling sensation and/or numbness that is caused by a pinched nerve.
The sciatic nerve comes from your low back and travels through your butt down your leg and into your ankle and foot. When the sciatic nerve is pinched you will have pain in your back or leg that goes into your leg and sometimes into your foot and toes.
Why do I have sciatica?
Sitting and standing for a long time can make you pain worse.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
Sciatica can usually be diagnosed by your Doctor by doing a thorough examination and by asking certain questions. Sometimes x-rays and a MRI may be necessary.
Many times sciatica will go away with time. In the beginning treatment usually consists of medicines and exercises to relieve your pain. You can help relieve pain by:
- Putting ice or a cold pack on the middle of the lower back.
- Avoiding sitting (unless it is more comfortable than standing).
- Alternating lying down with short walks. Increase your walking distance as you are able to without pain.
- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
Additional treatment for sciatica depends on what is causing the nerve irritation. If your symptoms do not improve, your health professional may suggest physical therapy, injections of medicines such as steroids, or even surgery for severe cases.
If everything fails to get rid of your pain – you should try Spinal Decompression Therapy before you go for surgery. 8 out of 10 people get relief from their sciatica pain with Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Call Michael Keny, D.C. to see if you qualify for Spinal Decompression Therapy. Call 215-332-4770
Located at 1205 Langhorne Newtown Road – Suite 309 of the Saint Mary’s Hospital Medical Building, Langhorne, PA 19047
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