One of the lesser known causes of many complications, including things like chronic lower back pain, is that of sciatica. The pain that this symptom causes creates discomfort for the individual, while further causing more problems that can lead to a greater extent of pain that is felt. However, recent studies identify that there are numerous ways to treat the issue, and that it is a matter of identifying and finding a solution as soon as possible.
- Sciatica refers to pain caused by the sciatic nerve that carries messages from the brain down the spinal cord to the legs
- The pain of sciatica typically radiates down one side from the lower back into the leg, often below the knee
- The key to diagnosing sciatica is a thorough history and a focused exam. Unfortunately, many patients expect an X-ray or MRI, and doctors
“Primary care doctors can and should manage sciatica, because for most individuals the body can fix the problem. “
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