Is my leg and foot pain a symptom of a spine injury?
Leg/foot pain is often a sign of sciatica, but it is important to note that sciatic pain is a symptom rather than a diagnosis. It may occur when nerve root(s) at the lumbar spine are compressed or damaged causing pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the low back or legs. Causes include herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome and spinal tumors. Sciatic pain may occur in as much as 40 percent of the population.
Sciatica is fairly common and studies suggest that as many as 40 percent of people will get sciatica (including leg/foot pain) at some point in their life.
Back pain (depending upon severity, it can be a mild ache, a sharp, burning sensation or debilitating)
Weakness, pain, numbness and/or tingling in the lower extremities
Symptoms may get worse after standing or sitting for extended periods of time
Sneezing, coughing or laughing can cause discomfort
Sciatica pain (including leg/foot pain) may get worse at night, making it difficult to sleep
Twisting, lifting or straining may cause pain to worsen
Education–teaching patients the facts about managing siatica
Ice and heat therapy
In very severe cases, surgery may be needed
A combination of these treatments will usually work to alleviate the pain.
What are treatment options for siatica?
Treatment options may include activity modification, medication, physical therapy, heat and ice therapy, injections and plenty of rest. Typically, a combination of treatments works best to treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction. You can schedule an appointment with SpineOne and have one of our highly qualified physicians diagnose your condition and help you get on the road to recovery.
Will I be able to resume normal physical activities?
Many people with siatica are able to resume their normal activities after treatment. You’ll want to speak with a SpineOne physician to plan your particular treatment and get back into the swing of things.
Are there ways I can keep sciatica from getting worse?
Rest and allowing the body to heal helps. There are also stretches and exercises that you can do to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with siatica. You’ll want to speak with your doctor and/or physical therapist to discover which activities may work best for you.
Is physical therapy needed?
Physical therapy can be a very effective component of a treatment plan and is common for this condition.
If a result of pregnancy, will it get better after the baby is born?
Many women that have sciatica as a result of childbirth are able to resume their normal activities after treatment. A normal walking gait and loss of weight, in addition to the prescribed treatment plan, typically help expedite recovery.
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