Pain In Your Hip or Leg

Sciatica Treatment-ANA

It has been an old running joke on TV shows, comedies and jokes, someone can’t stand up or work, or go someplace because of their sciatica. In the 60's that always got a big laugh. If you suffer from sciatica, you know, it’s no joke! The good news is that Arizona Neurology Associates is heavily experienced with this disease, and has the tools and techniques to help you fight it.

The sciatica nerve branches out to your hips and buttocks from you lower back, and down each leg. Normally, only one side of your body will be affected by sciatica, and that is consistent with our experience at Arizona Neurology Associates.

If you suffer from radiating pain from your lower back to buttock, and then down your leg, this is a classic characteristic of sciatica. This pain can potentially occur anywhere along the pathway of the nerve, but the typical path is as noted from your lower back, to your buttock, to the back of your thigh.  Sciatica is typically caused by compression of the nerve due to a bone spur on the spine or a narrowing in the spine (called spinal stenosis). It can also come from a herniated disk in the spine. These conditions will lead to inflammation and numbness in the affected leg with associated pain. Pain from this disease can be from mild to severe. In some cases of severe sciatica where it leads to weakness in the legs, Arizona Neurology Associates may recommend surgery.

Every patient varies in their experience with the pain of this disease. These go from jolts like an electric shock, burning and excruciating, or even be mild in nature. Along with this, you may have numbness, and pain and muscle weakness in the affected leg, and various combinations of these.

We need to make a point that if your sciatica is mild, it typically will subside with time. Some sciatica is related to an injury, possibly a car accident. But if you have suffered for some time with the symptoms described herein, then the best time to see Arizona Neurology Associates is when you first suspect you have a problem, when you’ve experienced any of the symptoms described above. This makes it so much easier for you as the patient when you work with us early on to get in front of the disease, and put all of our skills to work as early as we can.

Factors that can contribute to sciatica are things such as diabetes, what your job is (twisting, sitting still for long periods, etc.), your weight and your age.

Finally, Arizona Neurology Associates wants to inform you that while many people recover from sciatica with no treatment, the risk factor for you is that this disease can lead to irreversible nerve damage. We don’t want this to happen to you and if you are in doubt, come see us and let us help, it’s what we want.