Sciatica – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Guess is a leading spine specialist providing effective treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Serving the community of Carrollton, TX, he uses advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to help patients find relief from Sciatica pain.

Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition characterized by a sharp pain that originates in the lower back and radiates downward to the leg through the buttock. It is also called Radiculopathy in medical terms and denotes a condition wherein the radicular nerve or the nerve root gets irritated due to an underlying cause. Sciatica occurs as a result of the compression of the sciatic nerve (largest nerve in human body) in the spine due to an underlying medical condition such as Herniated Disc or Spinal Stenosis. The condition generally occurs during the middle age and reaches its peak effect by the age of 50. Thereafter, it starts declining. It is often considered as a symptom of a disease which affects either side of the lower body.

Causes Of Sciatica

This condition is a result of age related wear and tear of the muscles and nerves in the body. It may also result following a sudden push or pressure on the disc that surrounds the vertebra in the spine.

Symptoms Of Sciatica

  • Pain in the leg which may be either dull or sharp
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in the legs, foot, ankle or toes
  • Difficulty to move the affected leg or foot
  • A burning sensation in the affected limb
  • Tingling sensation
  • Needle pricks felt in the affected area
  • In severe cases, bowel or bladder dysfunction may be reported
  • Pain, numbness or tingling in the groin may occur in severe cases

Diagnosis Of Sciatica

The diagnosis may include the following procedures:

  • Analysis of the patient’s complete medical history
  • Detailed assessment of the severity, location and duration of pain or other symptoms
  • Some physical tests such as the straight leg raising test, squatting, walking on toes etc.
  • X-ray and MRI may be conducted to identify the exact nerve roots that have been affected

Treatment For Sciatica

  • Most of the patients heal by taking adequate rest over a period of few weeks
  • Bending, twisting and activities that stress the spine should be avoided
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed to combat pain
  • Heat or ice therapy to soothe the muscles
  • Prescription of a suitable physical therapy to regain pain free motion
  • Surgical removal of the Herniated Disc

For treatment of Sciatica and other spine conditions, consult Dr. Guess in Carrollton, TX. For appointment with the spine specialist, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.