The spinal column is a very intricate part of the human body and it is one that needs to be treated properly to avoid problems. It is made up of multiple small pieces of bony material known as vertebrae and a spongy material between the vertebrae that is known as an intervertebral disc. The discs help to keep the vertebrae separated from each other and allows for free movement, which we use to bend, lift and even to stand erect.
If any of the nerves are irritated by problems with the vertebrae, intervertebral disc or anything associated with the spine, it can lead to pain. This is true of any of the nerves that may be branching out from the spinal column to various parts of the human body. One of the most common problems that we may experience in this regard, however, is associated with one of the largest nerves in the human body; the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve runs through the lower part of the back in humans and down each of the legs toward the feet. When the nerve is irritated or pinched in the area of the lower back, it can lead to pain in the direct area as well as a host of other problems. This issue, known as sciatica, is one of the more common spinal pain problems that we may experience.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Many people who live in the McKinney area and throughout the Dallas Metroplex are suffering from sciatica in some way or another. Although the sciatic nerve may be pinched by the spine in the area of the lower back, pain in that direct area may only be one of the many different symptoms that you are experiencing. That pain may also travel to other parts of the body, including traveling along the nerve and down to the area of the feet.
Some people who experience a problem with the sciatic nerve may experience problems that seem to be unrelated with a nerve in the lower back. Perhaps it could result in a problem with the knees and you may have visited the doctor, thinking that you have a problem with osteoarthritis. In addition, it could result in a numbness or tingling and perhaps even a limited loss of control of the muscles in the lower legs. This is not always going to be a symptom of sciatica, but it is a possibility.
In more extreme cases, a problem with the lower back associated with the sciatic nerve could cause an individual to lose control of their bowels or bladder function. This goes beyond a painful problem and now becomes an embarrassing issue that can affect your quality of life. Again, not everybody with a pinched sciatic nerve is going to experience this problem but it could possibly happen.
Many people associate sciatica with a medical condition. The fact of the matter is, however, sciatica is not a medical condition but rather, it is a diagnosis associated with one of the symptoms you may be experiencing. The actual underlying cause for sciatica can be any number of different spinal issues, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc and spondylolisthesis.
Seeing a Spine Doctor about Sciatic Nerve Problems
It doesn’t matter if you are only experiencing an occasional flareup of sciatic nerve pain or if it is ongoing and severe, it is important to get the qualified help you need from a spine doctor. Rob D Dickerman is the option you should consider if you live in McKinney, Plano or anywhere in the Dallas Metroplex. In fact, people may travel from long distances in order to receive the proper treatment from this doctor.
There may be some nonsurgical treatments available to help relieve the pain and other symptoms associated with sciatica. These include heat and ice for those who are experiencing acute pain. There may also be various pain medications available to help with pain management. Stretching exercises and physical therapy may also help under some conditions.
If nonsurgical procedures are unsuccessful, it may be necessary to have a spinal injection or another treatment option. This is something that can be discussed by your spine doctor so the proper choice can be made.
If you’re dealing with spine pain in the lower back or any other area, contact our office to get more information as to how we can help. We can provide you with an initial consultation, treatment options and diagnosis that will help you to get back on your feet again.