Are you experiencing an electric shock-like sensation that travels down your leg? You may have sciatica, a common source of back and leg pain. The experienced and caring team at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine specializes in the management of sciatica and can help you get the treatment you need for pain relief. Call the office nearest you today or request an appointment online. North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine has five convenient locations in Fort Worth, Duncanville, Allen, and the Dallas communities of South Hampton and Skillman.
Sciatica is a pain condition caused by pinching or irritation of your sciatic nerve. This pencil-thin nerve runs from your lower back down through your buttocks and into your leg on both sides of your body and provides sensation to the lower part of your leg and foot.
A herniated disc or bone spur in your lumbar spine may cause you to develop sciatica. You may be at risk of developing the pain condition if you’re overweight, have a job that requires constant twisting of your back, or if you spend a lot of your day sitting.
Pain that radiates from your lower back down your leg on one side of your body is the most common symptom of sciatica. You may also experience electric-shocklike sensations or tingling in your legs or feet. Sciatica can also lead to muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, loss of bowel or bladder control.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact the team at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine for an evaluation so you can get relief from your pain quickly.
Your specialist at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine conducts a comprehensive examination to determine if sciatica is the cause of your symptoms. During your exam, your specialist may conduct a number of functional tests, such as having you walk on your toes or heels, to confirm a diagnosis.
To determine the underlying cause of your sciatica, your specialist may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI.
Your specialist at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine develops a personalized treatment plan for your sciatica based on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Your treatment may include:
Although not common, if your sciatica is causing loss of bowel or bladder control, surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on the nerve and restore function.
Sciatica can cause extreme pain and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. To alleviate your pain, call North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine today or book an appointment online.