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Early Symptoms and Treatment for Sciatica

Early Symptoms and Treatment for Sciatica

Do you experience pain that radiates from your lower spine to your buttock down the back of your leg? This may be a symptom of sciatica. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched usually because of a herniated disk in the spine or an overgrowth of bone on the vertebrae.

While mild sciatica usually goes away over time, here are some signs you should visit a doctor or a therapist in Florida:

  • Sudden severe pain in the low back or leg
  • Numbness or muscle weakness in your leg
  • Having trouble controlling your bowels or bladder

If the pain does not improve through self-care measures, your health care provider may suggest the following treatment methods:

  • Medication
    These include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, etc.
  • Physical therapy
    This can help prevent future injuries through exercises to correct your posture, strengthen the muscles, and improve your flexibility
  • Steroid injections
    For some cases, they recommend corticosteroid medication to suppress inflammation around the irritated nerve
  • Surgery
    This is usually recommended when the pain progressively worsens and doesn’t improve with other therapies.

Are you in need of physical therapy services in West Palm Beach, Florida, for your sciatica? Come on over to The Flagler Institute. We can help you relieve your pain or discomfort.

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