Why You Should See a Neurologist About Your Sciatica

By: Dr. Ellen Edgar  -  no responses  -  Conditions, Diagnosis, Neurological Blog, Treatments


Man with Sciatica New York City

If you are one of the 100 million people in the US in chronic pain, you know how difficult it can be to live a full and active life when dealing with sciatica. Whether it is a dull ache, a mild tingling, or a burning sensation, sciatic pain can often be severe enough make the sufferer unable to move. However, while it is quite a prevalent issue, with the right treatment and support, you can likely find relief for your pain.

While you may have already visited your doctor or chiropractor for your pain issues, there are other medical experts who specialize in pain treatment and management who can work with your doctor to provide a diagnosis and pain treatment plan, such as a neurologist.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatic pain refers to experiencing pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the leg, and the condition is caused by pressure or injury to the sciatic nerve that runs down the lower spine and legs. The numbness or pain is often felt on the sole of the foot or the back of the calf, and usually occurs on one side. Some people experience sharp pain in one area of the hip or leg and numbness in other areas of the leg. While the pain typically starts slowly, it can quickly become worse, especially:

  • At night
  • When walking more than a few yards, or when leaning backward, if spinal stenosis is the cause
  • After sitting or standing for periods of time
  • When coughing, laughing or sneezing

Because it is simply a symptom of a medical problem; it is not itself a medical condition, and can be the result of many medical causes.

What Causes Sciatic Pain?

Sciatica occurs when there is damage or pressure to the sciatic nerve, which begins in the lower back and runs down the backside of each leg. The sciatic nerve provides sensation to the sole of the foot, part of the lower leg, and the back of the thigh, and also controls the muscles in the knee and lower part of the leg. Some common causes of sciatica include:

  • Pelvic injury or fracture
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Slipped disc
  • Tumor
  • Pain disorders such as Piriformis syndrome

How Can a Neurologist Help?

The nervous system is very complex, and if it shows signs of dysfunction or injury, it can have a negative impact on your body functioning. A neurologist is a medical specialist who specializes in conditions that affect the nervous system, spinal cord and brain. Because sciatica is a nerve-related neurological disorder, a neurologist may be your best choice for making a sciatica diagnosis, ascertaining the cause of your sciatica, and pointing you to the most effective care and treatment options.

Sciatic Pain Treatment

The best way to relieve your sciatic pain begins with a proper diagnosis, which only comes from an experienced team of doctors in a specialized health care center well versed in sciatica diagnosis and treatment. With a staff of dedicated, board certified neurophysiologists and neurologists at four greater New York locations, including Queens, Long Island and Manhattan, Complete Neurological Care can provide the skills, resources and medical expertise you need to uncover the underlying cause of your sciatic pain.

Don’t let your sciatic pain control your life. If you have been suffering from pain, tingling burning sensations and numbness in your thighs, lower legs and soles, contact Complete Neurological Care to book an appointment, get a correct diagnosis, and start receiving quality care from one of the one of the best sciatic pain treatment centers.

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