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Procedure - Sciatica

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower back and runs down the back of each leg. This nerve controls the muscles of the back of the knee and the lower leg. It also provides sensation to the back of the thigh, the lower leg, and the sole of the foot. Sciatica is a symptom of a medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.

What Underlying Condition Could Sciatica Indicate?

Some common causes of sciatica include a slipped or herniated disc, spinal stenosis, a pelvic fracture or other injury, a tumor, or piriformis syndrome (a pain disorder).

Usually, sciatica pain occurs on one side. It may be a sharp pain in one part of the leg and numbness in other parts. The affected leg may feel weak and sometimes your foot may get caught on the ground when walking. Sciatica pain sometimes worsens when bending, coughing, holding your breath, straining, or standing.

How to Treat Sciatica Pain

Ogden Clinic sciatica treatment will focus on what causes your sciatica. Your spine specialist will likely first recommend that you take steps to calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation, such as applying heat or ice to the painful area. You might try ice for the first 48-72 hours after you feel pain, then use heat afterwards. Your Ogden Clinic doctor might also tell you to take over-the-counter pain relievers. If conservative measures don't help your problem, your doctor may recommend you have injections to reduce inflammation around your sciatic nerve and other medicines to reduce the stabbing pain. Physical therapy may be a viable option, so talk to your Utah spine specialist about this option.

Whatever you do, don't restrict movement. You need to reduce your normal activity for the first few days after you start having pain, but getting no activity at all will only make your pain worse. After a few days, try gradually returning to your normal routine. But, avoid heavy lifting or twisting your back for at least six weeks. Keep moving and including exercises that strengthen your abdomen to improve the flexibility of your spine.

When to Consult an Ogden Clinic Spine Doctor about Sciatica

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have:

  • Back pain after a severe blow or fall
  • Redness or swelling on the back or spine
  • Pain traveling down below the knee
  • Unexplained fever with back pain
  • Weakness or numbness in your buttocks, thigh, leg, or pelvis
  • Burning with urination, blood in your urine, or loss of urine or stool control
  • Pain that worsens when you lie down or wakes you up at night
Loran  Archuleta, FNP-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Archuleta, Loran, FNP-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Jeffrey  Aucoin, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Aucoin, Jeffrey, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Kurt  Bangerter, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton, Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Bangerter, Kurt, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Mark  Bennett, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton, Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Bennett, Mark, PA-C
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Timothy  Houden, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Houden, Timothy, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Kristy  Janssen, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Janssen, Kristy, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
James  Joseph, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Joseph, James, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Scott  McKay, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

McKay, Scott, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Brad  Melville, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Melville, Brad, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Brian  Morgan, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Morgan, Brian, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Paige  Shelton, NP-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton, Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Shelton, Paige, NP-C
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Douglas  Shepherd, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Shepherd, Douglas, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Bryson  Smith, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Smith, Bryson, MD
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Randall  Steed, PA-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Steed, Randall, PA-C
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Robyn  Vaughan, FNP-C, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic Layton

Vaughan, Robyn, FNP-C
1916 N. 700 W.
Layton, UT
801-732-5900
Blake  Welling, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Welling, Blake, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Dennis  Winters, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Winters, Dennis, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900
Francis  Yubero, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Utah Spine Care - Ogden Clinic at McKay

Yubero, Francis, MD
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT
801-732-5900