The first is fairly straightforward. If you are having an electrical type, burning sensation that runs down the back or sides of one of your legs, that is often due to a pinched nerve causing sciatica pain.
The second possible symptom with sciatica is that you’re having pain either in the back or side of your calf or the bottom of your foot and possibly the side or top of the foot. What’s unusual about this pain is that it may not seem like there is a connection that runs all the way down your leg. It may seem like an isolated type of pain, but in reality, it may be coming from a pinched nerve.
A third and uncommon presentation of sciatica is pain that radiates into your groin region. At times, an L5 – S-1 herniated disc that is pinching a nerve may cause referred pain into the groin. So you may think that you’re actually having a problem with your groin when in reality it may actually just be sciatica.
What should be done about the symptoms?
Over 95% of the time, sciatica can be relieved nonperatively. A Los Angeles pain management doctor can obtain an MRI to see exactly where the herniated disc is and how large it is. Treatment may consist initially of muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, short term narcotics along with physical therapy and chiropractic treatment.
Additionally, spinal decompression therapy may be of benefit along with a series of epidural injections. Between 75 and 90% of the time, epidural steroid injections are beneficial for sicatica and can help avoid the need for surgery and get patients back to work and playing with their kids.
If you believe you’re suffering from sciatica, help is available. The California Pain Network connects those in pain with pain management Los Angeles trusts. LA pain clinics are able to treat sciatica nonoperatively with medication, injections and other options. Simply complete the contact form on the page or call (310) 626-1526 for help today!