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The condition known as sciatica stems from the sciatic nerve which is the longest nerve in your body. Actually you have two sciatic nerves. They run from the spine, across each buttock and hip and then down the back of each leg. When we refer to “sciatica”, we are talking about the pain that radiates along the path of this nerve. Usually affecting only one side, pain from sciatica can vary greatly. It can be mild or sharp or feel like a jolt of electricity. It can be excruciating. It can be worsened by prolonged periods of sitting or a cough or sneeze. Other symptoms include numbness in the leg or foot and/or tingling in the leg or foot. The pain, numbness and tingling are all symptoms of another problem that requires medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.
Sciatica Treatment in Southern California
The source of the sciatica is not always easy to determine. A complete physical, a detailed medical history and a thorough set of tests may be required. Physical agility tests may be performed to determine muscular strengths and weaknesses. Walking on the toes and heels, rising from a squatting position, and lifting the legs while lying down are activities that will cause pain from sciatica to become worse and help the doctor trace the affected nerves.
You may also receive a spinal x-ray, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or a computerized tomography (CT) scan. Each of these tests can help the specialist locate the causative factor, come up with an accurate diagnosis and create a comprehensive treatment plan to alleviate the condition.
Although sciatica can be an elusive condition, it is not without a solution. Let the specialists at the Chapman Neurosurgical Spine Institute help you find the root cause and give you a proper diagnosis and correct treatment for this condition.
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