Do you think you have sciatica? Chances are if you have pain, numbness or tingling in one or both of your legs, you have Googled sciatica. The truth is that a group of symptoms may seem like sciatica, but may actually be something else. For example, Piriformis Syndrome can give you numbness, tingling and or pain down your legs and is not a back condition. IT band syndrome can create radiating pain down your leg as well. This is a condition, where weakness in the lateral hip stabilizers cause an overload on the small IT band muscle and the IT band itself. Vascular problems can also cause leg symptoms, so it is extremely important to engage a good diagnostician when it comes to determining the cause of your sciatic symptoms, as all of these conditions, while having similar symptoms are treated very differently.
To have true sciatica, lower back pain is usually associated with it. In addition, sciatica is caused by compression of the nerves in your lower back. This nerve compression can be caused by bulging or herniated discs. These are treated with oral and or injectable steroids, non-surgical decompression techniques, surgical decompression or physical therapy. We use a combination of all of the above treatments to help patients get back on their feet as fast as possible.
If you are interested in a non-surgical approach to solving your sciatica, bring your MRI and come in for a consultation with Dr. Zappala today. If you have not had an MRI, one can ordered for you through the office.