Have you ever bent over to pick up a toy your grandchild dropped on the floor and then felt a sharp pain in your back? Sometimes the pain will travel from your lower back down your leg. If you’ve felt this, you may be suffering from sciatica.

Sciatica is leg pain caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back.  “Although the pangs begin in nerve roots located on either side of the lower spine, they then course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of each leg from the buttock down to the foot,” noted Prevention.com.

Such leg pain usually signifies that you are suffering from an inflammation of the sciatic nerve.  The sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, supplies information about the movement of the leg and sends information about sensations back to the brain

If suffering from sciatica, you may experience the following:

  • When you try to get out of your car, you feel lower back stiffness and pain
  • You constantly feel tingling or pins-and-needles sensations in your legs and thighs
  • You feel pain when you bend over to put on your shoes and socks
  • You feel a burning sensation or cramps in the thigh

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you will need to have a physical exam with the doctors of Pivotal Health Physical Medicine, and the doctor will test several specific functions of the nerve.  We provide a free 10-minute consultation or if you would prefer, we’d be honored to have you at one of our dinner meetings to ask questions to Dr. Joseph and his team about your pain management. At Pivotal Health Physical Medicine in Port Charlotte, FL we offer a number of different medical services to our patients. Our integrated team is here to help you achieve the best long-term outcome.

Do you need surgery?

At Pivotal Health, we believe in a natural health approach to pain management before rushing off to a surgeon. After the proper treatment, you should recover between three weeks and three months, depending on the severity of your sciatica.

Most sciatica is a result of a herniated lumbar disc pressing directly on the nerve. Any cause of irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve can produce the symptoms of sciatica. You may also be at risk for sciatica if you suffer from degenerative arthritis of the lumbar spine, lumbar disc disease, or have experienced a slipped disc, or trauma or injury to the lumbar spine.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of sciatica, or if you are experiencing pain in your lower back and leg and do not know what the cause is, it is time to contact the doctors at Pivotal Health. We have chiropractors on staff that can treat you, and you may find that exercises and physical therapy are helpful once your initial pain subsides.

Call our office today at 941-697-3001.